After a hardworking pre-season, the centre back is relishing the prospect of facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Bluebirds in what should be a mouthwatering first match of the season.
"It will be two good teams and should be a great game," said the defender.
"There's competition for places which is very good to have. We've got a strong squad and there's a good feeling about the place.
"We'll see how we start and hopefully be thereabouts."
Rovers ended last season strongly, but the defender doesn't feel that it will have a bearing on this season's start.
"It gives you confidence but that was last season," added Kilgallon. "This is a fresh season and we've got to be careful that we don't just think that because of that it is going to be easy out there for us.
"That was last season, we've got to start now and do another 12 unbeaten and hopefully we can do that.
"The spirit is high, pre-season is done now, we can't wait for the season to start."
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