danny rose

Rose ready to rock

by Stuart Vose

Defender hoping to bloom on Wearside.

Danny Rose cited the chance to work with Martin O'Neill as a major factor behind his decision to join Sunderland.

The England under-21 international completed a deadline-day move to Wearside on Friday, joining on a season-long loan from Tottenham.

Rose revealed the Sunderland boss was spoken about in glowing terms in the build-up to his move by several colleagues, including Spurs' veteran goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

The American played under O'Neill at Aston Villa and now Rose, 22, is looking forward to honing his craft under the tutelage of the Northern Irishman.

When asked about his reasons behind the move, the left-back said: “It was more so the manager and the signings that he's made, which have been very positive.

“Brad played under Martin O'Neill for years at Aston Villa and had lots of positive things to say about him.

“I'm looking forward to him helping me develop as a player and me hopefully getting a run of games.”

He added: “I know a few people at Villa as well – when I heard of the interest from Sunderland I texted a few people and they said nothing but positive things.

“I'm still relatively young and there's not many better managers to learn my trade from.”

The left-back becomes O'Neill's fifth signing of the summer following Carlos Cuellar, Louis Saha, Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson.

Rose and Saha were team-mates at White Hart Lane during the second half of last season, while the defender says the capture of Johnson underlines the club's ambition and standing.

“I think it's exciting times here, definitely,” he said.

“Take Adam Johnson – if you're leaving City pretty much every team in the league would want you. For him to choose Sunderland speaks volumes.

“I worked with Louis [Saha] at Spurs last season and he's a great finisher and a top man as well. I'm definitely excited to get going.”