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Rose on standby for top-flight duty

31 January 2015

Injury doubt Myhill to be assessed

ALBION goalkeeper Jack Rose may well enjoy an extra special 20th birthday today.  

The club's first-choice Under-21 stopper was in the stands at St Andrew’s last Saturday when Boaz Myhill was forced off with a nasty cut to a finger during the club’s 2-1 FA Cup triumph over Birmingham.

Myhill has this week received stitches to the wound and will be assessed by the club’s medical staff ahead of today’s Barclays Premier League fixture against Tottenham at The Hawthorns (3pm ko).

Should he be ruled out then highly-rated Rose will step up to fill the void and act as deputy to Ben Foster, a 'keeper whom he idolised growing up. 

All of this on the very day the Academy graduate leaves his teenage years behind. 

Rose said: “A few people pulled me to one side at the start of the week - Fozzy (Foster), Nayls (Mark Naylor) and Mooro (Darren Moore). 

“They told me to be ready mentally, it might happen, it might not.

“In training with the first-team, the pace and speed has cranked up a bit and everything has to be right, everyone’s head has to be firmly on it.

“I’m excited, of course I can’t get too excited in case it doesn’t happen. But I’m buzzing for it.

“It’s all an experience, it’s something I can take so many things from – if I do feature in the 18 or I don’t – I can learn from it.

“It will hold me in good stead for hopefully one day going out there and playing.”

Rose joined the club at the age of 10 and has progressed through the ranks to where he stands now.

He spent a month on loan at League Two side Accrington towards the back end of last year, enjoying eight appearances and keeping a clean sheet on his debut.

And should he be named in Albion’s matchday 18 today, Rose will do so having already had to complete the traditional initiation song in front of his team-mates.

“I sung Dancing in the Moonlight by Toploader just before the team meeting when we went out to train on Friday,” he said.

“Gards (Craig Gardner) has been telling me all week ‘you’re singing’, I thought it was just for away days but apparently since Gards has been here it’s just whenever he can get someone to sing!

“Everyone was clapping and laughing, I did a few dance moves.”

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