Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Relaxed Rose Set to Bloom

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Relaxed Rose Set to Bloom

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Byline: JOSH SPASARO APN SPORT BUREAU

FOOTBALL: Mariners left-back Josh Rose will go into one of the biggest games of his career tonight after five weeks of doing nothing.

But that is exactly why we should expect the consistent performer from Rockhampton to play so well for the A-League All Stars, against the might of Manchester United, at ANZ Stadium.

Rose was ordered by Central Coast management to do little-to-no fitness and strength work after last season's gruelling campaign.

That seemed fair enough given Rose helped the Mariners claim a domestic grand final victory, before his team took part in some energy-sapping Asian Champions League games.

"My instructions were to take a complete break. The only football I played was with my young fella," he said.

"I've just come back into pre-season training, and, physically, I'm not where I should be, but mentally I'm feeling fresh.

"I'm 31, but at the moment I feel as fit as when I was 21. …

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