Edgeworth Eagles’ star defender Josh Rose has spent much of his career playing at the highest level in Australian football.
Having played in three Hyundai A-League Grand Finals, including winning a championship and a premiership, Rose has been selected in the Professional Footballers Australia Team of the Season on two occasions and the A-League All Stars Team who faced English Premier League juggernauts Manchester United in 2013.
This Saturday night though, Rose will be fighting for yet another accolade in his career, when he, alongside his Edgeworth team mates, meet Broadmeadow Magic in the NPL Northern NSW Grand Final at McDonald Jones Stadium.
The 36-year-old from Rockhampton, Queensland arrived at the Eagles near the beginning of the season and has been a main contributor in bringing a fourth consecutive premiership and Grand Final appearance to the club including scoring two goals in the semi-final win against Lambton, securing the spot in the Grand Final.
Rose said that despite entering the lower level of football, it’s still been a difficult progression to the Grand Final and it’s been a challenging path that he’s very much enjoyed.
“Transitioning to the NPL from the A-League has been great,” Rose said.
“Obviously, I’m getting a bit older now and the pace of the game at the top level was passing me by, but I still love playing the game and NPL is still very challenging and a high standard of football.”
This weekend will mark Rose’s eighth senior championship-match however, Rose believes it’s a clash that will rank right up there with some of the biggest in his career.
“Being involved in a grand final is always exciting,” Rose said.
“For me personally, as with any player, you always strive to play in the Grand Final.
“Whether it’s in the A-League, or back when I was Under 13s, I’ve always loved the tense build-up of excitement and the nerves throughout the week leading up to the game.”
In the short time Rose has been a member of the club, he’s quickly become a favourite son of Edgeworth and as he nears his first Grand Final as an Eagle, the former Central Coast Mariner and Melbourne City man admitted winning the championship with his newly-loved club would be very special.
“Edgeworth is a very proud club which is held in high regard throughout the NPL competitions, it means a lot to the supporters and players of this club to play and win trophies in the big games,” Rose said.
“We’ve worked so hard throughout the season as a team.
“We’ve already achieved milestones this year, but if we can win the Grand Final after all the effort we’ve put in, it will be an incredible feeling.”
The NPL Northern NSW First Grade Grand Final match between Edgeworth Eagles and Broadmeadow Magic will kick off at 6:00pm this Saturday night at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Come for the afternoon and watch proceeding matches:
NPL 18 Years featuring Lake Macquarie City and the Emerging Jets and the NPL 20 Years featuring Maitland Magpies and Hamilton Olympic.
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