Boro’ were quick out of the blocks with our summer transfer activity in 2022; Danny Rose the fourth man in before the end of May. The forward had become available after Northampton Town (his former club, obviously) opted not to offer him a new deal at Sixfields. That is, as you’d expect, their prerogative and not a concern of ours. His scoring record at the Cobblers during his two-year stay there wasn’t exactly prolific. But it’s not as if we’ve made a habit of scoring out-and-out goal scorers over the years. And there is more to playing up top than sticking it in the back of the net.
To be fair to Rose, however, he did hit the net much more frequently during a four-year stint at Mansfield Town. Guess what? His manager at Field Mill was a certain Steve Evans; the Boro’ gaffer not for the first time turning to someone in summer 2022 who he’d managed previously. “I have worked with the gaffer before at Mansfield,” Rose told the official site. “I know what he’s about and I played the best football of my career under him. I scored a lot of goals for his team, and hopefully I can do it again this season at Stevenage.”
Sounds good enough to us.
Danny Rose: Before Boro’
A native of Barnsley, Rose got his first break with his hometown club; turning pro at Oakwell in March 2011. In the next couple of years, he started to edge his way into first-team contention. It’d be another ‘B’ team at which Rose would be getting himself noticed. A loan spell to Bury in late March 2014 lasted barely a month before being recalled, but he was back at Gigg Lane at the start of the 2014-5 season on loan with a view to a permanent deal. That view was actually a short-lived one; the loan made permanent just three days later. He’d remain with the Shakers for two seasons – before moving to Mansfield Town.