STAR ADDITION: Josh Rose in action for Edgeworth against Maitland at Cooks Square Park on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli
JOSH Rose admits he wasn’t sure about playing on at a lower level after retiring from professional football following a 17-year career.
But after a win in his first game with Edgeworth on Sunday, the 36-year-old former Central Coast Mariner was glad he did.
After just one training session at Edgeworth, the left-back showed his class in a 2-1 victory over Maitland at Cooks Square Park on debut for the three-time defending Northern NSW NPL premiers, who moved to the top of the table.
It came just three weeks after Rose ended his 218-game A-League career with an 8-2 loss to the Newcastle Jets at Central Coast Stadium.
The victory with Edgeworth was Rose’s first since Central Coast beat Sydney 2-0 on November 10 last year.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect going into the league but I thought all the boys were really good,” Rose said.“It’s a good quality team, they knocked the ball around well andit was really enjoyable.
“I was joking with the boys after, that it was nice to have a win.It’s been a while.
Josh Rose on Sunday. Picture: Annette Bercli
“It was good to get a win on the board and get that winning feeling back, so I just really enjoyed it and I’m looking forward to more games.”
Rose has joined former Mariners teammate Daniel McBreen at Edgeworth following an almost 400-game league career also taking in stints with Brisbane Strikers, New Zealand Knights, Romanian clubUniversitatea Craiova and Melbourne City.
And after all that, Rose admitted playing on was not a priority as his focus turned to his coaching career and growing the Rose Football Academy.
However, he said the link toMcBreen and Edgeworth’s help in developing his nextcareer convinced him to stay on the field. He hopes now to learn from Eagles coach Damian Zane while taking on a junior role at the club.
“I wasn’t too sure to be honest,” he said of playing.
“It wasn’t something that I’d thought too muchabout. I thought a few offers might come in but I wasn’t sure if I’d continue to play or not.
“But after speaking to Macca, [Edgeworth treasurer] Warren Mills and Zaney, the Edgeworth offer came in. I’d met the boys before so I knew it was a good group. I’d heard a lot of good things about Zaney and from the chats we’ve had, his football knowledge is quite good.
“So for me it’s about learning off these guys and I’m looking forward to continuing in my coaching role. Ijust want to learn off as many people as I can.”
Zane was excited about what Rose has brought to the club as they chase more NPL silverware and a fourth consecutive FFA Cup round of 32 appearance.
“He just looks so smooth,” Zane said.
“He’s not one of those flashy type players. He’s just really effective and the quality of him, he just lifted the training session on Friday night. Ithink the boys wanted to impress and show him that the level is decent around here.
“Our boys, when the cup comes around, there’s a real buzz and it was there on Sunday. He’s been a good addition at a really good time.”
Rose, who lives in Bateau Bay on the Central Coast, said “it’s fantastic to be able to join a successful club like Edgeworth” and he was keen to do his part in the push for trophies.
“The expectation, Zaney has been good in trying to tone that down a bit, but obviously coming from where I’ve come from, the expectation is there,” he said.
“But guys like us –Macca, the Griffiths brothers, Matty Thompson, Leo Bertos – in the comp,we’re all competitors anyway. We always strive to get the best out of ourselves no matter whatand that competitive edge never dies within us.”