Central Coast Mariners are delighted to confirm that exciting left back Joshua Rose has agreed terms to stay with the Hyundai A-League’s pacesetters until 2015.
Central Coast Mariners are delighted to confirm that exciting left back Joshua Rose has agreed terms to stay with the Hyundai A-League-s pacesetters until 2015.
Rose has become a mainstay of the Mariners- defence since becoming Graham Arnold-s first signing in 2010, and has also established himself as a firm fan favourite among the Bluetongue Stadium faithful.
The speedy, attack-minded yet tactically astute defender-s name has been mentioned in Qantas Socceroos circles since arriving on the Central Coast from Romania, and while he is yet to make his debut for Holger Osieck-s side, it appears Rose is in the frame for any Hyundai A-League squad selected by the German manager.
An elated Rose today said he was happy to secure his future at a club that he feels “settled” at, and a community he feels at home in.
“Obviously with my young boys it-s good to have that stability,” Rose said. “We are nice and settled here, so we are very happy.”
“My wife and I have bought a house here (on the Coast). The football side of things, with a coach like ‘Arnie- (Graham Arnold), it-s all going along pretty smooth.
“The Club suits me well, and if you are happy you play your best football.”
With his Club future confirmed, Rose said he believes any national team representation will take care of itself should he be able to maintain the type of form that made him the 2010/11 Mariners Medallist.
“It-s always in the back of the mind and obviously playing at Central Coast suits my style and helps me stand out a bit with the license to get forward,” he said. “I-m enjoying my football and if I keep doing well then those things will look after themselves.”
Mariners Head Coach Graham Arnold said he was thrilled the Mariners have been able to secure Rose-s services for another three seasons, and labelled the Rockhampton-born flyer the “best left fullback in the league”.
“For me it-s a fantastic signing for us, especially for three years,” Arnold said. “He-s such a good guy and fits perfectly into the group and the culture of the Mariners. I-m very happy Josh can get on with football now.”
Arnold lauded Rose-s capacity to contribute in both defence and attack.
“He brings quality - defensively he-s very strong,” he said. “He gets some goals and assists as well.
“I think he-s the best left fullback in the league and I-m sure if he ever got given the opportunity at National Team level he wouldn-t let anyone down.”
Central Coast Mariners Chairman, Mr Peter Turnbull, echoed Arnold-s thoughts and indicated the Club would be in the position to announce more player signings shortly.
“Josh has been a sensation since he arrived with those long spectacular runs down the left always giving opposition defenders the jitters,” Turnbull said.
“Our table-topping players are prime targets of other Hyundai A-League Clubs, but we are confident of retaining the outstanding talent we have.
“The Club will be announcing further signings in the near future,” he said.
Rose-s contract extension ensures he will remain at the Yellow and Navy until the end of the 2014/15 Hyundai A-League campaign.