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Danny anticipates bright future

Fri 01 August 2014, 10:30|Tottenham Hotspur

With the ink drying on his new five-year contract, Danny Rose says he’s thrilled to have committed his future to the Club.

The 24-year-old defender knows that competition for places in our side is only getting fiercer as we head into the new Premier League campaign, with new arrival Ben Davies among those keen to stake his claim for the left-back berth.

But after thriving on the training pitches in front of new Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino, Danny confirmed he’s relishing the challenges that lie ahead – both from a team and personal perspective.

“I’m over the moon to sign my new contract,” he enthused. “I’m glad it’s been sorted and now I can focus on the start of the season.

“Working under Mauricio has been brilliant. It’s been a hard couple of weeks, but we’ve just got back from North America where we went through our first three games unbeaten, so we’re all happy and everyone has a good understanding of what the manager wants to implement.

“We’ve brought in Ben Davies now and I’m hoping he can improve me, and likewise I’m hoping I can help him settle in and help him improve his game as well.

“There are two or three good players in each position at the Club and we’re all excited for the start of the season.”

Having joined the Club in 2007, Danny has experienced a lot with us already – his wonder-goal on his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in 2010 being one of his highlights.

But as he anticipates even greater longevity at White Hart Lane, the Yorkshireman believes there’s a lot to be said for the continuity and stability that comes with staying with one club for a long period of time.

“It’s nice to be able to stay at one club, be familiar with your surroundings and I hope to see out my contract here.

“I remember my first competitive game for Tottenham was against Doncaster, my home town, so that’s right up there as my favourite moment so far.

“My first league start and goal against Arsenal is up there too, which helped the Club finish fourth that season.”

Turning his attentions from the past to the future, Danny anticipates a tough battle in the coming campaign – but it’s one he says he wants to meet head-on.

“This season, first and foremost, I want to stay injury-free,” he added. “I had a small, annoying injury at the start of last season that kept me out for a while and when I came back I was a bit inconsistent with my performances so I’m determined to improve on that this time.

“From a Club point of view I hope we can be a bit more consistent as well because we lost to and drew with teams that we feel we should be beating last season, so while this season will be a difficult one, we’re all looking forward to it.”