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What's Mitch Got Planned This Christmas?

The Town midfielder tells us about his festive plans away from football.

15 December 2017

Watch the full interview on iFollow Mariners above.

Town midfielder Mitch Rose says that any time he gets off during Christmas will be spent with his family.

Speaking exclusively on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Just spending time with my family, I won’t eat too much or drink too much – I promise. But it’ll be nice to spend some time with my family and get to see everybody over Christmas.”

And he revealed that he only started Christmas shopping yesterday, with his son’s wish list seemingly growing each day.

“I’ve got quite a few presents – I started yesterday, I’ve not got a lot – there’s always something more that I need to get for my little boy. He’s on my case every day, so I’m just trying to get the rest of that sorted now.

“He wants football boots, something to do with the film Moana, he wants another Grimsby Town kit, and he asked for a phone as well – but he’s definitely not getting that.”

Mitch is also hoping to get to see his brother, Danny Rose, who plays for Premiership side Spurs next weekend. He said: "Hopefully I will go down next week when we play Luton and get to see him, I won’t be able to see him on Christmas Day. Unless there is a midweek game or they play on a Sunday, I don’t get many opportunities to go.”

No more Mr Grumpy . . .

Mitch Rose also expressed his relief to be back playing for the Mariners, following his recurring injury earlier this season.

He said: “The manager (Russell Slade) will tell you that I wasn’t the easiest to work with. I wasn’t very happy, it was difficult coming into training knowing that I couldn’t train or play with the lads.

“But I knew that it was something that would only be for a short space of time and, thankfully, now with the treatment and the rehab, I’m getting over that injury and I’m just happy to be in the team and playing regular games.”

But the 23-year-old is now fully fit and has started Town’s last four Sky Bet League Two games, scoring his fourth goal of the season in the 1-0 home win over Forest Green Rovers last Saturday.

“I’m just fortunate that four goals in 14 appearances is a good return, so I’d just like to hope that I keep getting on the pitch, and I can keep contributing.

“For myself, one thing that I knew that I needed to do this season was to add goals to my game. For any midfielder, that’s a positive thing,” he said.

Russell Slade’s men have won their last three league games, and Rose is looking forward to the challenging Christmas period ahead, which begins at Notts County tomorrow (3pm).

The midfielder said: “If we come out of this Christmas period with some good points on the board, then we put ourselves in a very strong position and we can show the teams in this league that we’re not to be taken lightly.

“There’s not an easy game in this league, but we’ve got four unbelievable games over Christmas – Notts County, Luton, Mansfield, and Accrington Stanley – all teams that are pushing to get promoted, so it’ll be a good opportunity for us to test ourselves against the big teams.

“Every team that does get promoted, they have to have a period throughout the season where they go unbeaten and they get back-to-back wins. That’s something we knew we had to do, and we’re in that place now.

“We knew we had to have a solid base, keep clean sheets, coming out of games with results where maybe we’re not expected to get a result.

“And then you build from there, and you’ve got to turn those draws into wins, and that’s what we’ve been doing.”

But what plans has the midfielder got, away from the pitch, this Christmas?

“Just spending time with my family, I won’t eat too much or drink too much – I promise. But it’ll be nice to spend some time with my family and get to see everybody over Christmas.”

And he revealed that he only started Christmas shopping yesterday, with his son’s wish list seemingly growing each day.

“I’ve got quite a few presents – I started yesterday, I’ve not got a lot – there’s always something more that I need to get for my little boy. He’s on my case every day, so I’m just trying to get the rest of that sorted now.

“He wants football boots, something to do with the film Moana, he wants another Grimsby Town kit, and he asked for a phone as well – but he’s definitely not getting that.”


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