Danny inspires Mitchell

The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Chris Bai­ley

IT WOULD be hard not to live in the shadow of your Premier League play­ing brother – but Mitchell Rose says el­der sib­ling Danny has helped him find his own slice of lime­light at Mans­field.

Danny Rose be­came a £1mil­lion sign­ing be­fore he even kicked a ball with Leeds United af­ter Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur whisked the left-back away from the north as a 17-year-old.

Since then he’s hit an out­ra­geous north Lon­don derby volley, played at the 2012 Olympics and has been called up to an Eng­land squad.

In con­trast, Mitchell’s path hasn’t been quite so paved with gold.

Af­ter deal­ing with rejection as a young­ster, a se­vere knee in­jury rail­roaded a promis­ing start at Rother­ham, and it’s taken three years for him to find his feet again.


Hav­ing signed up to the Stags in the sum­mer, he’s al­ready played more games this sea­son than he had done in his en­tire pro­fes­sional ca­reer prior to his ar­rival.

And Rose, still only 21, in­sists that with­out his brother’s pres­ence his dream may have died a long time ago.

“I’ve watched Danny play from a very young age at Leeds, and to see his de­vel­op­ment and where he is now is just an in­spi­ra­tion to me,” said Rose. “He is al­ways a re­minder that it’s go­ing to take a lot of hard work and that ev­ery­one gets down, ev­ery­one gets dis­cour­aged and I was prob­a­bly at one of my low­est points when I got re­leased by Sheffield Wed­nes­day when I was 15.

“But all those set­backs have shaped and moulded my char­ac­ter, and I don’t think I’d have worked as hard as I have done with­out a lit­tle bit of help from my brother along the way.

“Ev­ery­one wants to get to the top level, but as you get older you re­alise how tough it is to get there – hav­ing that older brother gives you a lit­tle push and I’m for­tu­nate to have a Premier League foot­baller around me to give me a tiny ad­van­tage with words of ad­vice. “Ev­ery lit­tle bit of help I can get off some­one who’s been there and done that is in­valu­able.”

Rose has gained another huge in­flu­ence at Mans­field in man­ager Adam Mur­ray, who started his ca­reer in the Premier League with Derby County be­fore en­joy­ing a long, if no­madic, ca­reer.

The 33-year-old is still reg­is­tered as a player at the Stags – though has not ap­peared for the first team since Fe­bru­ary – and Rose says he’s al­ready ben­e­fit­ted from his man­ager’s mid­field ex­per­tise im­mea­sur­ably.

“He’s a young, am­bi­tious man­ager – I could see that when I first spoke to him,” added Rose, who scored his first pro­fes­sional goal against Crawley last week­end.

“He told me ex­actly how I could make a dif­fer­ence to Mans­field this sea­son and he played in the Premier League at a young age and had a suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

“I knew un­der his regime he would turn me into the type of

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

FLY­ING HIGH: Rose’s older brother Danny is a reg­u­lar starter at Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur player that I want to be in the fu­ture. He’s de­vel­oped my game al­ready, tac­ti­cally I’ve come on. Pre­dom­i­nantly I’d been a de­fen­sive midfielder or right-back, but he’s put me in more at­tack­ing po­si­tions in mid­field.


“In the three months I’ve been with him I can feel how much I’ve al­ready de­vel­oped.”

Rose left Rother­ham in March, but turned out for Evo-Stik Premier Di­vi­sion side Ilke­ston at the end of the sea­son as his move to Mans­field looked to be stuck in limbo.

He ex­plained: “Be­cause of un­cer­tainty over whether Mans­field would be in the League this sea­son, the man­ager (Adam Mur­ray) said I should go to Ilke­ston just to get games and match fit.

“When I came in on trial I wanted to sign straight away, but I re­ally had to put things into per­spec­tive and wait for a chance, there are so many good play­ers who don’t even have a club.

“It hap­pens to a lot of peo­ple, not hav­ing a job and won­der­ing whether you’ll have to give up what you’ve worked so hard for. I’m just so grate­ful it’s worked out.” THE DEVEL­OPER: Adam Mur­ray has al­ready helped Rose to im­prove

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