Rodwell out to prove himself

Jack Rodwell is determined to ensure Manchester City fans see the best of him next season.

Last Updated: 21/05/13 at 17:18 Post Comment

Rodwell: Tough season with City

Rodwell: Tough season with City

The former Everton midfielder is hoping to make a fresh start after having his first year at the Etihad Stadium ruined by injury.

He did at least finish the campaign strongly - and was unexpectedly rewarded with a place in the latest England squad - and now he wants to maintain the momentum.

The 2013-14 campaign could be a crucial one for the 22-year-old as City also head into a new era under a new manager.

Rodwell said: "It's all about the future now. Obviously a new manager will come in and everyone is intrigued to see who that is going to be.

"It's a fresh start for everyone and we will all be on it.

"First game of next season everyone will be flying, and we will do our best to prove ourselves to the manager.

"I am a great believer in my ability but I've not had the chance to prove it.

"I am back for one game after 10 games out and it's always hard.

"You are never match fit and it's hard to produce. You need a good run of games."

Rodwell has spent more than four months on the sidelines since his £12million move from Goodison Park last August, mostly because of hamstring injuries.

But the twice-capped England international underlined his ability with both goals in City's otherwise disappointing season-ending 3-2 Barclays Premier League loss to Norwich on Sunday.

Rodwell's second goal was particularly impressive, not least because he fully tested his hamstring as he sprinted onto a long ball from Yaya Toure and finished expertly.

It certainly did not go unnoticed by England boss Roy Hodgson, who named him in his squad for the upcoming friendlies against Republic of Ireland and Brazil.

Rodwell said: "It's always good to end on a high - it's been a frustrating season but on a personal note it was a good game for me.

"We could have done with a different result, but I am happy.

"Once I am fit, I can do what I did for that second goal, and I can do it for 90 minutes.

"I have proven that. It's just getting games under my belt, getting match fitness and hopefully next season I can do it a bit more."

City's season is also not yet over with the team now in the United States ahead of lucrative friendlies against Chelsea in St Louis and New York on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

A number of other players will also report for international duty with playmaker David Silva potentially the busiest due to Spain's Confederations Cup involvement.

All members of the squad were due to travel with the exception of number two goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon, who had made wedding arrangements before the tour was announced.

Rodwell, who himself gets married in Australia later in the summer, said: "It will be good. There will some team bonding and a lot of commercial stuff - who wouldn't want to go to New York?"


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New York City will operate as a separate entity to Manchester City, although there will inevitably be close links between the teams.

Soriano will now begin the process of putting in place a separate administration for the new entity, which will in turn appoint coaching staff and begin player recruitment.

Manchester City's possible expansion into the MLS was rumoured last month, although it was suggested it would be more of an enterprise undertaken by owner Sheikh Mansour rather than the club itself.

The involvement of the Yankees builds on a partnership City already have with baseball's most famous club through Legends Hospitality, an international catering organisation.

City are also due to play at Yankee Stadium in their second match against Chelsea on Saturday.

The Yankees will not be involved in the football side of the business but will bring their considerable commercial expertise to the operation.

Hal Steinbrenner, managing general partner of the New York Yankees, said: "We look forward to the opportunity to work with Manchester City to create something very special for the soccer fans of New York - and to bringing another terrific team to this city for all sports fans to enjoy."

MLS feel the time is right for expansion having seen considerable growth in attendances and viewing figures over the past six years.

They also wanted to bring an extra team to New York to build a rivalry with the Red Bulls, who are based in New Jersey.

The new venture has the support of mayor Michael Bloomberg, who said: "Soccer is one of the world's most exciting and popular sports, and it should be played on the world's biggest stage - in New York City.

"New Yorkers are the greatest sports fans in the world, and they will welcome a Major League Soccer franchise with the full-throated and loyal support they are famous for."

Negotiations to potentially build at Flushing Meadows Corona Park began last year and are set to continue.

Soriano said: "New York City FC will have a permanent home in the city in the great traditions of New York sports and world soccer - a home that must be a sports, commercial and civic success.

"But in considering any stadium site, we will listen first.

"This is what we have always done in Manchester and what we will do in New York.

"Only in this way, can the club truly represent the City whose name it will carry."

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