Danny Rose

Exciting times for Rose

by Stuart Vose

Defender relishing what’s in store.

Danny Rose says he’s seen enough to form the opinion that Sunderland will be a strong outfit this season.

The defender joined on loan from Spurs on the final day of the summer transfer window and will spend the entire 2012-13 season at the Stadium of Light.

He made his debut in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool and is pleased with the progress made so far.

“I think we’re going to be a strong side and everyone has said what a great move this is for me,” Rose said.

“We have made some great signings and I think there will be exciting times throughout the season.”

Now Martin O’Neill’s newest signing has turned his attentions to the next test with the Black Cats set to travel to West Ham this weekend.

The Hammers have enjoyed a good start to the season including wins in all three of their home games so far.

A tricky cup tie at MK Dons follows the trip to the Boleyn Ground and Rose says every member of the squad will have to be at their best during a busy period.

“[West Ham] were beaten at Swansea a few weeks ago but then turned Fulham up at home, so it’s going to be difficult,” he said.

“There’s a tough Capital One Cup game coming up after that – they’re coming thick and fast now and we all have to be ready.

“After the Liverpool game the gaffer told us that the subs must always be ready to step in. We’ve got players coming back from injury too.

“There will be opportunities for everyone throughout the squad.”