MICKY Mellon says latest signing Danny Rose has a vital role to play at Fleetwood Town and he got off to a fine start at Southport.
The midfielder, who officially joined Town on New Year’s Day from Conference rivals Newport County, came off the bench for the final 20 minutes of that afternoon’s derby at Southport, where Mellon’s side laid down a marker for 2011 with a 6-0 victory.
The 23-year-old immediately looked at home and is a welcome addition for boss Mellon, who wanted an extra option to ease the burdens on midfield talisman Jamie Milligan.
And Rose, whose move from south Wales was announced last Wednesday, settled straight in and is thrilled by his fresh start.
Rose said: “The result was fantastic. I was just delighted to be part of it and to make my debut in a team that is ambitious and on the up.
“Having come up against them twice this season with Newport (most recently in Town’s 1-0 win at Newport Stadium a week before Christmas), I knew what a good passing team Fleetwood are.
“I’ve played with Andy Mangan and Shaun Beeley at England C level earlier this season.
“But it was nice to see a lot of friendly faces when I met the lads and I was made to feel welcome.
“The manager and chairman told me about the ambition they have and after taling to them I could not turn it down.
“League football is the ultimate aim for everybody at the club, and if we carry on doing what we did at Southport we won’t be far off. I think that we will do it.”
Mellon thinks the 23-year-old has an important role to play, adding: “Danny is good player and I’m delighted to have him here, especially with us not having Anthony Barry available for some time, maybe not until March.
“It was so important to strengthen in the middle and we have over-relied on Jamie Milligan a bit, and that may be why he picked up his injury.
“It gives us another body in the middle of the pitch and a ball player who can dictate things for us.”
Rose scored Newport’s second goal from the penalty spot in their shock 4-1 win at Highbury on October 11 – since when Mellon’s team are unbeaten in 11 Blue Square Bet Premier matches, winning nine of them.
Rose is ineligible for the FA Cup tie against Blackpool this weekend, having played for Newport in the competition this season.
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