Michael Rose was Mark Yates’ second signing on Friday following goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, but the former Morecambe man will hope to be one of the first names on the Manager’s team-sheet.
The defensive-minded midfielder joins the club after being released by The Shrimps - where he was a prominent figure over the last two seasons.
He recently spent a few days with former club Rochdale, where he made over 100 appearances and Manager Keith Hill subsequently made Neil Howarth aware of the talented free agent.
“It’s been a long, quiet summer if I’m honest,” Rose admitted to Silkmen TV. “I have just been waiting for the phone to ring after being released.
“Keith gave Neil a call, to see if I could come and take part in some training.
“I then came in for a week and got myself a deal - hopefully managing to impress the gaffer.”
The 35-year-old began his career at Premier League giants Manchester United, but made his Football League debut with Yeovil Town four years later.
Since then, Rose has notched up over 450 appearances in the EFL and thus brings a wealth of experience into Yates’ midfield - as well as a resolute style of play.
“I’d say I’m still quite old-school,” explained Rose. “I’m competitive, so I’ll run around and put my foot in.
“I like to get on the ball and take a few set-pieces.
"I’d like to think I’m a hard-working, influential midfielder.”
Prior to his signing being confirmed, Rose started in the challenging friendly clash against Burnley on Friday.
Mark Yates was full of praise following the 2-0 loss and on first impressions, Rose himself has been excited by Macc’s potential ahead of their League Two return.
“The new gaffer’s come in and we’ve got to stay in this league and do well,” stated Rose assuredly.
“From what I’ve seen since I’ve been here, we’re really capable of doing something.
“I think we played well in spells against Burnley. We had a couple of chances but they showed their class and I think the lads got some good hard work out of it.”
By Matt Bates