Ex-Bristol City and Leeds United man training with non-league club after Watford release

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The free agent window shuts next week and a former Bristol City player has stepped up his attempts to get a new club.

Former Bristol City defender Danny Rose is training with non-league York City as he bids to keep fit in search of his next club after leaving Watford.

As per the Yorkshire Post, the England left-back who was involved in the England side that reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2018, has linked up with the Minstermen to work on his fitness. There is no plans from York to sign Rose at any stage, and it is merely helping him out as he searches for his next club.

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Clubs have a deadline of next week to sign free agents, and EFL clubs are forced to abide by squad rules, with a limit of 22 players over the age of 21. He could join a club abroad, which has different registration periods. Rose's former club Bristol City have several slots available and have a shortage of defenders currently, with Jay Dasilva in at left-back, with Cam Pring moved in to the centre of defence.

Rose has been without a club since he and Watford mutually agreed to terminate his contract in September. He had been training with former club Tottenham, despite being under contract with the Hornets, and feature for Spurs' U21's in pre-season. The 32-year-old was told by Claudio Ranieri he wouldn't play again for the club, and didn't feature for his successors Roy Hodgson or Rob Edwards either.

Rose had a brief loan spell at Ashton Gate in the 2010/11 season and made 17 appearances in the Championship in total. His loan spell ended early after a series of injuries meant his playing time was limited, but he was able to turn his career around and become a sound Premier League left-back, making 202 appearances in the English top-flight. He was also part of the Spurs side that were Champions League runners-up in 2019.

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