Danny Rose has admitted that life has been 'a bit scary' since he left Newcastle United after the left-back was left 'sat at home waiting for the phone to ring'.
The former England international joined Newcastle on loan from Spurs in January, 2020 in a bid to keep himself in contention for the Euros before the tournament was delayed by a year because of the pandemic.
Rose made 13 appearances during his loan spell at St James' Park, but the Magpies ultimately decided against making the move permanent and instead signed Jamal Lewis from Norwich City.
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Having failed to secure a move elsewhere - Rose was keen on going abroad - the Doncaster native was left out of Spurs' 25-man Premier League squad last season.
Rose kept fit in his final campaign at Spurs by playing with the under-23s and the left-back earned praise from Jose Mourinho and senior figures at the club for passing on his experience to the club's youngsters.
Rose is now 'over the moon' to join newly-promoted Watford on a free transfer and the 30-year-old is the first to recognise that he has been 'off the map' for a while.
"Without going into too much detail, I always planned to be a free agent and, obviously, that meant running my contract down," he told Watford's YouTube channel.
"Pre-COVID, that would have looked like a good, smart financial decision but after the year that we've had, particularly the last few weeks, I've been sat at home waiting for the phone to ring.
"It's been a bit scary. It's something that I've not experienced before in my career. I've never had less than two years on my contract.
"I'm very lucky to be given an opportunity to play Premier League football again considering I've had a year of no football and COVID."