The left-back struggled to earn a place in Spurs' first team after moving to White Hart Lane as a 17-year-old from Leeds for £1 million in 2007.
Rose has already surpassed the total number of league appearances he has made for Tottenham with Sunderland this season and has established himself as a firm favourite among Black Cats supporters.
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"Whenever I go anywhere, the fans go out of their way to try to speak to me. It's brilliant and I've never had that before. I would be lucky if I could get that anywhere else, playing for another team in the league.
"When I was at Spurs I was not playing very often, I was on the bench a lot more than I am here, but my dad just wanted to be at every game I would be involved in.
"I would tell him not to come because I knew in myself I wouldn't get on. Now he is here every match at Sunderland and my mum has come to a lot more games this season too.
"She has stayed up quite a lot and it has been great. My friends are up most weekends as well. It's like being a kid again, it's brilliant."
Despite his lack of opportunities in north London, Rose insists he does not regret moving to Tottenham at such a young age but concedes that he might have benefited from remaining at Leeds for another season.
"I'm glad I made the move, I just wished I'd played a few more games for Tottenham than I have," he explained.
"I wouldn't normally say I'd like to change anything about my past but I maybe did the move a season too soon."