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Rose tipped to blossom as Daniels leaves Albion

21 January 2015

Daniels exit presents chance for young keeper

HIGHLY-rated Jack Rose has been presented with a chance to establish himself as West Bromwich Albion's third choice goalkeeper after Luke Daniels, the club's longest-serving player, completed a move to Scunthorpe United.

Daniels, who has moved for an undisclosed fee, ends an association with Albion which goes back to 2004.

The 27-year-old made his Barclays Premier League debut in Albion's 0-0 draw at Everton in August 2013, after coming on as a 78th minute substitute for the injured Ben Foster.

He also started last season's Capital One Cup games against Newport County and Arsenal.

His departure presents an opportunity for Rose, who has recently returned from an impressive loan spell at Accrington Stanley where he played eight games - four in the FA Cup Cup and the same number in League Two.

Mark Naylor, Albion's Professional Development Phase goalkeeping coach, believes Rose is more than capable of stepping up to regular first-team football, with another young goalkeeper, Alex Palmer, also making good progress.

"Jack's been with us since he was 11 - he came at the start of our Academy process," said Naylor.

"He played in the Victory Shield for England when he was 16 and has been improving as he's got older.

"He got his move to Accrington Stanley this season and kept a clean sheet on his debut against Notts County in the FA Cup, before being named as man-of-the-match against Carlisle, his first-ever League game.

"Jack is a fantastic decision maker, technically he is very good and one of his best attributes is his management of games. He has trained with the first team before and is more than capable of dealing with Premier League football.

"Alex is also very promising. Like Jack, he has been in and around England training camps and has shown a lot of potential.

"We are very positive about both goalkeepers."

Speaking about Daniels, Naylor added: "Luke has been a great professional all the way through his time with us. He has been a fantastic servant and everyone at the club was delighted for him when he made his Premier League debut at Everton last season.

"But Luke is at an age where he needs first team football and Scunthorpe is a brilliant opportunity for him. We wish him all the best."

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