Reports from tonight's BBC Somerset Sound sports bulletins are that Yeovil Town are on the edge of signing a defender who was until recently on the books of Championship club. According to reporter Chris Spittles, the player in question is a free agent who was released from his contract by a Championship side during the last month. If terms can be agreed then he will sign a deal until the end of this season.
The BBC don't go as far as to give any more clues, but the rumourmill suggests that the player concerned is former Queen's Park Rangers defender Matthew Rose who left Loftus Road on January 1st 2007. He is a 31 year old, who had spent almost 10 years in West London, clocking up 261 appearances and 8 goals.
Rose was brought to Rangers by Stewart Houston, who had also managed and coached him at Arsenal where he had started his career as a trainee before moving across the capital for half a million pounds - a sign of the value Houston placed on a player who had made just 5 appearances for the Gunners by the time he left Highbury. He led the Gunners Youth Team to the FA Youth Cup in 1994, but despite being versatile enough to play anywhere along the back four, he was unable to break into an Arsenal back four that was nearly a fixed institution of Adams, Keown, Dixon and Winterburn.
Rose was still being cited as being a major influence on Rangers' fortunes by former manager Ian Holloway during his time at Loftus Road, but since his departure, appearances became much harder to come by and he had not played for QPR since the end of October. A somewhat poor injury record has not helped his career that many believe would have gone further were it not for him spending rather a sizeable chunk of his time at Loftus Road on the treatment table.
BBC Somerset Sound were anticipating an announcement on the official identity of the player to be made either late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
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