Young Everton keeper Daniel Rose joins Schalke

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One of Everton's U18 goalkeepers, Daniel Rose, has turned down a contract offer from the club and has joined Schalke 04 instead it has now been confirmed.

Rose, who came to prominence at Manchester Grammar Schoool, is following in the footsteps of other English youngsters who see the path to first-team football at a Premier League club as being long and hard. Yet Rose is only 16, which is very young for an ambitious goalkeeper.

Strangely, Rose has not played any games yet for Everton U18s. He was on the bench as an unused substitute in a handful of early matches back in August 2019 but then fell behind Jack Barrett, Jack McIntyre and Zan-Luk Leban in the pecking order, playing no further part in the season that would ultimately be cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The teenager reportedly turned down the offer of a three-year contract at Everton to make the move to Germany where he will join Schalke's U19 team.  

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Bobby Mallon
1 Posted 01/06/2020 at 22:41:13
Good luck.
Alan J Thompson
2 Posted 02/06/2020 at 07:15:24
Given that last paragraph about how many games he's played, it is hardly surprising he has declined a new contract.

I know somebody has to be the sub goalie in the youngest team but it might be more encouraging if they had runs of half-a-dozen games at a time or there was more encouragement for local competitions for youngsters.

German clubs seem keen on English youngsters but on another thread we could mention only 1 German having played for Everton although there were 3 other tenuous links. And Brexit too!

Phill Thompson
3 Posted 02/06/2020 at 11:51:43
To put this into perspective Rose I believe is a 16 year old Schoolboy, it's hardly surprising that older Academy Scholars were ahead of him and he was only bench cover. It seems we offered him the normal two year Scholar contract to start in July but he turned it down. Zan-Luk Leban a year older is ahead of him, but I would imagine Schalke also have older academy keepers on their books. For me an odd decision for a youngster who's been on our books for a few years to make, but heh ho it's his choice.
Michael Kenrick
4 Posted 02/06/2020 at 12:01:25
Thanks for that insight, Phill. I couldn't help thinking there must be a back story here – although it may be simply a case of too much competition, as you suggest: The U18s team page at Everton's website lists no less than EIGHT goalkeepers in what seems to be a massive squad of 41 players???

But ours is not to reason why...

Phill Thompson
5 Posted 02/06/2020 at 13:32:10

I've noticed at times we seem to collect young keepers, at one time a few years ago we had 12 keepers listed at U18s & U23s!

Some of those 41 players are now over 18, the OS is very poor at keeping it correct. Last time I looked “Ritus Wudches” was still listed despite, to my knowledge, only existing as a spelling mistake for Rhys Hughes in one game ;-). The exciting bit for me is the number of Schoolboys, 8 or 9, listed who have appeared at least once this season, potentially a very good crop coming through.

ps: That reminds me, I came late to your “ Missing players At Senior Cup game” post a few weeks ago, I posted some thoughts, not sure if you saw them, it's probably archived now but may fill some gaps.

Eric Myles
6 Posted 04/06/2020 at 04:17:01
The 'Transfer Window' is not yet open for senior players, are there different transfer rules for youth players?
Alan J Thompson
7 Posted 04/06/2020 at 06:17:53
Eric (#6); It may not matter as if he is out of contract in June (if indeed he ever had one being just 16) he has probably been eligible since January to sign a pre-contract agreement, or whatever they are called.
Eric Myles
8 Posted 04/06/2020 at 06:40:52
Thanks Alan J. didn't realise he was out of contract, makes sense then.
Nicholas Ryan
9 Posted 05/06/2020 at 11:20:15
I know a German couple who are friends of friends and their schoolboy son has joined the Everton academy; so it's not all one way!

The boy's mum told me a nice story: Other clubs including Liverpool were after this lad, and the LFC scout said: "We'll make him the next Stevie G ... we'll make him play for England.

Mum said, "No, he definitely won't get to play for England."

"Why not?" said the hapless scout ...

"Cos he's German," said Mum.

Long painful silence followed!

Steve Ferns
10 Posted 18/06/2020 at 11:02:36
Hasn't he turned the contract down as the youth team bosses rate Jack McIntyre more highly and he's played the vast majority of the games?

I've not seen either of them play, so have no inside knowledge here.

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