Having spent the majority of the last five seasons out on loan, Rose's patience was running thin, but now the left-back seems to have finally securedthe starting place he has longed for ever since he broke in to the Spurs first-team squad.
If Rose had his way, he would have been starting for the north London club a long time ago.
After moving to Tottenham from Leeds as a 17-year-old, Rose did not feature under Juande Ramos and he was used sparingly by Harry Redknapp, who loaned the player to Watford, Peterborough and Bristol City while preferring to deploy Benoit Assou-Ekotto as his left-back.
Rose feels he has only been given a fair chance by current boss Andre Villas-Boas, who appears to have installed the 23-year-old as his first-choice left-back for the season ahead after a successful spell on loan at Sunderland last term.
"This is the most I've played in pre-season," said Rose, who has been a regular in Spurs' pre-season campaign.
"It's nice to have a manager who gives you a chance and is not afraid to drop certain players."
When asked whether he thought previous managers had selected players on reputation, rather than because of the work they were putting in, Rose replied: "Possibly, sometimes it's the name on the back of the shirt as well.
"It was frustrating, yes. A million per cent. It's not nice when you train hard every day and people are allowed to sack training off and still be in the starting XI.
"Obviously I know Spurs have been in the top four or five clubs for the last five seasons or so, so I know it's hard for anyone to break through, but at the same time it is frustrating and it's great that now the gaffer is not afraid to drop people if you're not performing or training hard enough."