Dannyâ€™s developing defensive drive at Tigers
Danny Rose is relishing the chance to prove his potential after filling a key role in the Tigers defence during Sundayâ€™s 4-1 win over Guildford Flames.
The 21-year-old was one of just four recognised defenceman for much of the game, after Telford lost both Sam Zajac and Martin Ondrej to injury early on.
Rose has been an ever-present since joining the club in 2012 and remains one of coach Tom Watkinsâ€™ most trusted lieutenants.
He repaid that faith with an impressive performance against Guildford, as Telford served notice of their EPL title intentions.
He said: â€œWe had to step up on Sunday, and thatâ€™s what we did. As a team, you never want to go down to four defencemen, but we filled the roles after losing those two guys.
â€œWe just got in there and did the jobsÂ that sometimes we donâ€™t get the opportunities to do. It is good for us to show we can do that, if needed to.
â€œBecause we donâ€™t have a letter on our shirt, it doesnâ€™t mean weâ€™re not a leader. We proved that we can take the reigns of the others guys when theyâ€™re tired and then doÂ what is required.”
The former Nottingham defenceman moved to live in Telford at the start of this season, joining the ranks of the clubâ€™s full-time professionals players.
He added: â€œLiving in Telford has made a big difference for me, as it means I can get into the gym every day and work on my game at every training session.
â€œI can look at lots of aspects of what I do and at every session Iâ€™m working on something new. That is helping me out a lot this season.â€
Rose was an integral part of last yearâ€™s double-winning squad and is now usingÂ the opportunity to learn at the hands of the clubâ€™s seasoned professionals.
â€œIâ€™ve had to grow up a lot as a player over the years, after arriving in Telford with a face cage on,â€ he said.
â€œBeing around guys like Jonathan Weaver, Rick Plant, Max Birbraer and Jason Silverthorn has helped me mature a lot, both on and off the ice.â€
The Tigers are back in action this weekend, when they travel to face Sheffield Steeldogs on Saturday, before the visit of Hull Pirates on Sunday (6pm). For tickets, go to www.tigershockeyuk.com.