ROTHERHAM UNITED: Mitch Rose blooms as he steps out of brother’s shadow

First contract: Midfielder Mitch Rose has signed his first professional deal with Rotherham United
First contract: Midfielder Mitch Rose has signed his first professional deal with Rotherham United
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WHEN your brother is in the Premier League and has already had a taste of international football, you’ve got a lot to live up to.

But youngster Mitch Rose, aged 18, has made his first stride into emulating brother Danny by penning his first professional deal at Rotherham United.

Danny, aged 21, has 21 caps for England’s Under 21 side and played regularly at the end of the season for Harry Redknapp’s Spurs side.

Now Mitch, from Wheatley Hills, wants to make the most of his year-long-deal at the New York stadium and will seek his brother’s advice regularly as he bids to make his first professional appearance.

The brothers will also work together on their fitness ahead of the new campaign.

“I always used to go and watch Danny and he inspired me back into football after I lost the passion for it a bit,” Mitch told The Star.

“I speak to him about football and him being at the top level gives me an incentive to be ever better.

“It’s great for me to have a brother in football in case I ever get stuck with anything.

“He got sent off against Aston Villa but he got a few games towards the end of the season and hopefully he can cement himself a place next year and if he doesn’t get in the Spurs team, he’ll get more experience out on loan in either the Premier League or Championship.

“I’ll be working with him before the pre-season and we’ll both be in a position to stake our claims.”

By his own admission, Mitch’s first year in academy football didn’t go well but manager Darren Sarll, who has now left the club, saw something different in him as a player and Mitch began to realise his potential in his second year and duly put pen to paper on a one-year-deal recently.

“Darren took a chance on me and liked me enough to make me captain,” he said.

“I had been playing as a central midfield player who got forward but Darren played me in a holding midfield role and I really like playing there.

“It also fits into different formations like 4-4-2, 4-4-3 and 4-1-2-3.

“I trained with the first team last season and played in every reserve game when I was fit.

“Now I’ve got a pro contact I can push on and hopefully get an extension.”