Albion keeper will benefit from senior spell
ROOKIE goalkeeper Jack Rose will benefit from his current spell as Albion's No2 - with his mentor claiming the youngster is 'man' enough for top flight football.
Professional Development Phase Goalkeeping Coach Mark Naylor has been impressed with the youngster's progress during 2014/15.
Rose has been elevated into Tony Pulis' squad as Boaz Myhill's deputy following Ben Foster's season-ending injury.
Naylor feels this privileged experience will aid his development. It follows a spell earlier this season with Accrington Stanley.
"Coming back from Accrington gave him a taste of being around a first-team environment," said Naylor.
"Being around our first team would have given him experience of being involved in big arenas, places like Old Trafford, St James' Park.
"Also being around a first-team environment where three points matter and being involved, originally, in a relegation fight, can only help."
"Psychologically as well, he has to be totally focused. He's only an injury or sending off away from making his Premier League debut. It's about growing up too. He's having to become a man in a first-team dressing room.
"He is now a professional footballer. Jack should now see himself in the same ballpark as all of the other goalkeepers in the Premier League. He is now a No2 at a Premier League football club - that's a big responsibility."
Stepping up from the U21s to the Barclays Premier League is more than just an on-field adjustment.
Off-the-field Rose has had to integrate into a dressing room alongside seasoned internationals.
Spending time at Accrington Stanley also assisted his progress.
"The loan spell will have helped him," continued Naylor.
"And I think when he had that experience that set up nicely for being in this environment now. He's more comfortable around the first-team players and the pressures that come with that.
"How he deals with first-team players is a big thing. He's 20 and to go in with full internationals, players who have played for years."
The first stage of Rose's initiation into the first-team picture was ensuring he is treated as a senior player.
The next step was to clear his throat and belt out a song of his choice.
Naylor continued: "The average age of a goalkeeper making a debut is 24. He is only one step away from that but ge's already overcome his first hurdle - which was to sing to the other lads.
"He's now also moved into the first team dressing room. Jonathan Gould (goalkeeping coach) and I requested that happened, because he was sitll sitting with the U21s, using their dressing room so we requested that he move up.
"He is now a first-team player and it will do him good to be treated as that, whether he plays or not. His profile has risen and he will benefit from that."