You cannot say that Danny Rose has not made headlines since he arrived at Newcastle.
But they have mainly been about Project Restart, which is the Premier League’s attempt to finish the current season.
Newcastle still have 9 games to play and are in 13th place, 8 points above the relegation zone.
Danny has been against the restart from safety grounds, but after talking with manager Steve Bruce in the last few days, he has agreed to return to training at Benton.
The initial training started up yesterday, but it will be a phased approach, and players will be tested for coronavirus twice a week.
Yesterday it was announced by the league, after their first round of testing, that six players tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend.
Rose has been speaking to the Lockdown Tactics podcast, and has said this:
“I’m dying to get back to football but just with the things that are happening right now, people are going through this coronavirus pandemic a lot worse than me.”
“I don’t want to be complaining about everything.”
“Just off the fact that people are suggesting we should go back to football like we’re guinea pigs or lab rats. “
“We’re going to experiment this phase and see if it works or not.”
“I can just imagine people at home saying, ‘Well they earn that amount of money so they should be going back’.”
A provisional date of mid-June has been penciled in to start the games.
But we’ll be surprised if they can start at that time.
While it would be good for everybody, if the Premier League can be finished this season, all in front of empty stadiums, the risk of spreading the coronavirus still seems high.
But we shall see.