WARRINGTON Town have confirmed the signing of vastly experienced midfielder Michael Rose ahead of the new season.

The 38-year-old, who has over 500 professional appearances to his name, joins after a successful trial that has seen him feature in all of Yellows’ pre-season fixtures.

Indeed, Rose scored a superb winning goal in the friendly win over City of Liverpool last month.

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Rose strikes the winner against City of Liverpool. Picture by John Hopkins

Manager Paul Carden says he was keen to add experience to his midfield and Rose certainly fits the bill, with his CV boasting promotions with Norwich City, Yeovil Town, Stockport County and Rochdale.

“We’re delighted to have him on board,” he said.

“He’ll give us a calmness, composure, set piece quality and a passing quality that you won’t find too many with at our level.

“It always in my mind to bring in someone experienced in midfield.

“Within a couple of sessions, he was running them and making people’s eyes widen with his quality of passing and shooting.

“The more he gets integrated with the squad, we’re going to see even better performances.

“The big thing is the determination and desire that he brings.

“After the Southport game, he was angry and when you see someone coming in who has played as many games as he has in the Football League at good levels with good clubs and is frustrated by goals being conceded and he’s not even agreed to sign for us at that point, that desire in him at that age is a breath of fresh air, especially when we’ve got so many young players.

“He’s enjoyed it, he’s seen that there’s quality here, that there’s good lads and he got a feel for the place, and when you’ve got that with somebody of his experience, you know you’re doing something right.”

Rose started Yellows’ latest friendly – a 2-0 victory over Salford City’s under 23s at Cantilever Park today.

Two first-half goals from Josh Amis proved decisive for Town, who travel to Padiham for another pre-season game on Tuesday.

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Josh Amis' two goals against Salford City under 23s. Pictures by John Hopkins