All smiles as Poole walk off after beating Hendon – (Photo Credit: Jon Ashworth / Side of the World)
He’s played here, there and everywhere across the back four this season – and sometimes a back three.
Not only is Dec Rose seemingly one of the first names on the team sheet at the moment, he is also quickly becoming a fan favourite for his hard-working displays and commitment.
19-year old Rose is ever-present for Poole this season – starting every single game and missing out on just 67 minutes this campaign.
Clearly trusted by Tom Killick, the belief in the former Yeovil youngster was highlighted when Rose was selected to captain the side in the Southern League Cup against Wimborne.
Despite coming through the Glovers’ ranks as primarily a centre-half, Rose had largely been used as a fullback for Poole prior to this season – but has now been deployed in every defensive position this season.
Rose revealed he was more than happy to play his part, telling All Poole Aren’t We: “I have been happy recently. I think it helps me from the point of view that I can play across the back four.
“Naturally I’m right footed, it is going to be a little bit more difficult for me, because I’m naturally going to want to come inside.
“I’ve always played on the right – be it on the right or as a right centre-half. The gaffer is putting his trust in me that I can play on that side, and hopefully it is paying off.”
Rose is frequently named alongside experienced duo Will Spetch and Jamie Whisken – who boast over 750 games for Poole combined. On Saturday, the back four was completed with Jack Dickson – who himself has 150 games under his belt for the Dolphins.
Whilst he made his senior debut for Yeovil in the FA Trophy, Rose’s first proper foray into senior football with Poole has seen him slot seamlessly into the back four despite the huge gap in experience.
“It is definitely nice to have experienced defenders alongside me,” continued Rose. “I think coming from u18s straight into men’s football is a big step, but to have them there is what I needed. Hopefully that is paying off, them helping me out.”
With the defeat to Hayes still fresh in the mind, Rose and the rest of the Poole dressing room are keen to get back on track when they face Truro tomorrow.
“We sort of said in the dressing room that it wasn’t a 4-1 game. We can look at the ref, but also look at ourselves – we can’t really make too many excuses.
“There’s still a strong atmosphere in there, but we’re obviously disappointed. But now, we’ve got Tuesday to focus on now, so all our concentration and focus is on that.”