Danny Rose has admitted that it was a scary experience becoming a free agent following his exit from Tottenham Hotspur.

Rose has put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at Watford and will join the club on a free transfer from July 1st.

The left-back admitted that it was always his intention to run down his deal at Tottenham but waiting for the phone to ring with an offer in a world which has been financially impacted by the pandemic was a scary prospect.

Rose ended his 14-year association with Spurs earlier this month having joined the North Londoners in 2007 from Leeds and made 214 appearances in all competitions (transfermarkt).

The former England international revealed he fully appreciated the opportunity to continue playing in the Premier League given the fact he has not played a competitive fixture in over a year.

He clashed with Jose Mourinho which saw him frozen out of the first team and not given a squad number for last season.

“Without going into too much detail I always planned to be a free agent, so that meant running my contract down,” Rose told Watford’s official club website.

“Pre-Covid that would have looked like a smart financial decision, but after the year that we’ve had, I’ve been sat at home waiting for the phone to ring. It’s been a bit scary, and something that I’ve not experienced in my career before.

“I’ve never had less than two years on my contract, so I’m very, very lucky to be given an opportunity to play Premier League football again considering I’ve had a year of no football.”

SpursWeb Opinion

Rose was a fantastic servant during his time at Tottenham and hopefully, restrictions will be lifted to allow a capacity stadium to cheer his name when Watford are the visitors in August.

It was a shame how his time at the club ended under Jose Mourinho and he now has the chance to prove he can still be a top flight player with the Hornets.

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