Jordan Rose has future in midfield for AFC Telford

AFC Telford United defender Jordan Rose is set for more game-time in midfield after impressing boss Graham Hyde in the middle of the park against Mansfield.

Jordan Rose

Rose, who has played almost exclusively as a centre-half in recent years, was moved further forward to add some extra height to the Bucks midfield against a tall and powerful Stags side.

And the former Stockport County stopper, aged 23, revelled in his new role at the weekend alongside established midfield general Phil Trainer.

Rose carried the Bucks’ greatest goal threat, albeit in their 1-0 defeat, and came close to scoring on two occasions.

Hyde said afterwards: “I think he did very well. He got forward, he probably had three or four efforts on goal and he looked very at ease playing in that position. He will play there again, no two ways about that.”

Rose’s display at the One Call Stadium also earned plaudits from fans on Twitter following the game.

Rose said he really enjoys playing both in defence and midfield, which is a position he played regularly early on in his career.

Asked if he was keen to play there again, he said: “Absolutely. I found it comfortable. It’s a position I have played before.

“I started off my career at centre midfield and I wouldn’t have classed myself as an out-and-out centre-half until i joined Stockport.

“It is always nice to play a different role. Don’t get me wrong, I like defending but playing centre-mid gives me more of a chance to get on the ball and show what I can do.”

“It is something I have got in my locker and anything that is going to help the team I am happy to do.”

Rose did not escape the role unscathed, though, and is nursing a sore ankle.

But he is optimistic that he will be ready for action again in time for Saturday’s home clash with Macclesfield.

Meanwhile, striker James Spray’s loan spell at Evo-Stik Southern Premier side Stourbridge is likely to be extended for another month following the arrivals of strikers Aaron Williams and Marco Adaggio earlier this week.

And it is understood centre-half Karlton Watson’s loan from Leicester City has not been renewed.