“It’s worked out well so far” – Danny Rowe on playing the ten role & why he feels he’s better this time around

Courtesy Graham Burrell

The Imps’ on loan midfielder Danny Rowe has been the latest subject of my usual programme piece and I’ve managed to glean a couple of quotes from the chat for a short article here.

If you want to read about Danny’s experience at Ipswich and why he gladly took a fine from the Imps this week, you’ll need to buy the programme on Tuesday evening.

It was nice chatting to Danny, a thoroughly unassuming lad clearly focused purely on playing football. He was honest about a couple of issues and hopefully, the interview will be a good read if you’ve got three quid spare this week.

He did tell me that he wasn’t reaching his levels with us last season, frightening when you consider his goals against Exeter and Peterborough, but that he’s focused this time around and in a much better place.

“It was a frustrating season for me really, although we won at Wembley, which was great. On a personal note I wasn’t reaching the levels I know I can. Thankfully, this season I’m a lot fitter and I feel good going into games. I think that’s shown recently.”

Anywhere in and around the box I feel comfortable with the ball

He’s been deployed in the ten role, playing behind John Akinde and offering support around the big striker. It’s brought three goals in his second Imps spell, more than he managed in his entire stay last season, but the role is surprisingly new to him.

“In all honesty, I’ve not played in the ten before. Danny and Nicky have seen how I play and it does suit that position. Anywhere in and around the box I feel comfortable with the ball. Thankfully, they put me in there and saw something and it’s worked out well so far.”

Rowe is likely to feature tomorrow as we travel to the north-west to take on Morecambe, a match many Imps’ fans feel is a must win if we’re to send a strong message about our credentials to those chasing us at the top of the table.

It might just be that Danny Rowe wants to send a message too, whether that is to Ipswich, or the Imps fans, about what he’s got hidden away in his locker. If he’s on form, woe betide the Morecambe back four.

Whilst these comments are exclusive to the SW, his full interview is much more in-depth and well worth buying a programme for, even if I do say so myself.