Rose is en­joy­ing Sky Blues hon­ey­moon

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Sam Tobin

COVEN­TRY City new boy Andy Rose was lin­ing up in midfield against Steven Ger­rard in the MLS play­offs in Oc­to­ber, but his fo­cus is now firmly on help­ing the Sky Blues reach the Cham­pi­onship.

On Jan­uary 2 the 25year-old left Seat­tle Sounders, signed a deal with Coven­try and got mar­ried to Ryan Bradley – daugh­ter to USA coach Bob – in New Jer­sey.

Mid­fielder Rose capped an ex­cit­ing few months with his de­but as a half-time sub­sti­tute against Scun­thorpe last week­end and is look­ing to de­velop him­self un­der Tony Mow­bray’s tute­lage.

“It’s been a whirl­wind,” said Rose, a Bris­tol City academy prod­uct.

“I wanted a change. My fam­ily are back in Eng­land and I thought I’d come back and try my luck.

“I re­ally had no idea where I was go­ing to fall in the English league sys­tem – Cham­pi­onship, League One, League Two – I had no idea.

“My agent reached out to a few con­tacts in Eng­land, and Coven­try got in touch within a cou­ple of weeks and all of a sud­den I was go­ing over on a twoweek trial.

“I was de­lighted. I love the coach­ing sys­tem with Tony Mow­bray and Jamie Clapham.

“Within a cou­ple of days I thought it would be a good place to learn and con­tinue to de­velop and for­tu­nately they felt the same way.”

Port Vale have lost only one game at home all sea­son and de­fender Ryan Inniss, who re­placed the sus­pended Ryan McGivern in the 1-0 win against Swin­don last week, be­lieves his side are build­ing a fortress at Vale Park.

“We go into all games with con­fi­dence, but at home there’s some­thing spe­cial that hope­fully we’re build­ing there,” Inniss said.

“We’ve got great form at home, it must be one of the best in the di­vi­sion but we take it game by game.

“Coven­try will be a good test for us but we’ve beat many a team at home so with the fans be­hind us we can go and get another good re­sult.”


RONG Covent


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