Several EFL Championship sides are battling it out in the race to sign departing Coventry City defender Michael Rose, sources have informed TheRealEFL.
The 27-year-old will be a free agent from tomorrow, following the expiry with Championship side Coventry City and will be free to begin the next chapter of his career.
Rose has been a reliable defender for the Skyblues, helping them to the 2019/20 League One title as well as playing a role in helping Mark Robins’ side reach the play-off final in the Championship last season before they suffered defeat at the hands of Luton Town on penalties.
The club also turned down a six-figure bid from Championship rivals Stoke City in January for his signature, putting rival clubs on full alert.
However, following the conclusion of the 2022/23 season, Coventry City confirmed that Michael Rose was one of several first-team players who wouldn’t be receiving a new contract with the club, joining the likes of Fankaty Dabo, Martyn Waghorn and Tyler Walker in looking for a new home this summer.
The battle for the defender’s signature is very much on, with several Championship sides fighting to win the race to sign the Scottish defender this summer on a free transfer.
Who is Michael Rose?
The defender was a product of the Aberdeen youth set-up, as well as enjoying a brief loan spell with Forfar Athletic. However, in 2016, Rose signed for Ayr United on a free transfer, becoming teammates with Scottish international Lawrence Shankland.
In January 2019, Rose signed a pre-contract agreement with the Skyblues before linking up with them six months later. He helped the Skyblues to win the 2019/20 League One title, as well as featuring heavily in the Championship era thus far.
He ends his career at Coventry after making a total of 116 appearances, scoring five goals and assisting a further five. He also leaves with a League One title medal.
Michael Rose is comfortably one of the best free-agent defenders in the EFL at the moment and would be a steal, especially on a free transfer for any side.
The 27-year-old has made over 200 first-team appearances in his career and has had previous interest from the likes of Rangers and Southampton. Teams will need to act quickly because I can’t imagine he’d be a free agent for much longer.