Rose's Rocky ride to FFA Cup
FOOTBALL: While he couldn't hide his disappointment at missing out on a spot in Wednesday night's FFA Cup final, Rockhampton's Josh Rose was delighted at his club's performance.
He was forced to watch from the stands when Melbourne City superstar Tim Cahill nodded home a trademark header in their hard-fought 1-0 over Sydney FC.
Knowing it is a team game, Rose put aside his individual angst to celebrate with his City squad.
"I guess it is bitter-sweet but overall I am thrilled for all the lads as we all deserve it,” left-back Rose said.
"Obviously I was disappointed not to make the match day squad. But when the final whistle blew I forgot all about it.
"To win our first trophy for the club is a great feeling.”
Rose played every game in City's FFA Cup run, including their Melbourne derby win over Victory. He has been a prominent figure in their league campaign and is entitled to feel regret at missing out.
He has high hopes of helping his side add to its trophy cabinet this season. City sit pretty in second, just behind the Sky Blues.
"Playing with genuine superstars in Timmy and Bruno is great, Timmy keeps delivering,” he said.
"Moving here has been fantastic, the mentality is all about winning, we just drive each other every day and have an amazing squad.
"Going forward I just have to take my chances and do my bit for the team and hope for one more trophy.”
The 34-year-old looked back at his side in Rockhampton where it all began.
His love for the game began with the Berserker Bears before he shifted to Southside United as a teen.
"I really enjoyed my football back then, not that I don't now, but you play purely for the love of it,” he said.
"I actually always played as a striker in Rocky. I didn't move to defence until I was playing in Romania.
"Dennis Jeffries was a coach and mentor at both Berserker and Southside. He always looked after me in Rocky and stayed in contact. After my mum I think he is the most proud of me.
"I think I was 15 when I went back to Berserker and stayed for a few years before moving to the Brisbane Strikers to further my career.”
Rose had a successful seven years with the Central Coast Mariners playing 165 games before moving to City. This year he joined mega-stars Cahill, captain Bruno Fornaroli, Luke Brattan and Ivan Franjic at City.