Rovers broke their transfer record with the signing of much-coveted striker Jordan Rhodes, joining from Huddersfield Town in August 2012 for a fee of £8m.
Having started out at Barnsley as a youngster, he moved to Ipswich Town in March 2005, before enjoying successful loan spells with Oxford United, Rochdale and Brentford, where he became the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the club's history.
Rhodes joined Huddersfield Town in July 2009 and maintained his goalscoring run, ending his first season for the Terriers as top scorer with 23 goals, which included a hat-trick of headers in a game against Exeter City.
Rhodes top-scored once more in 2010-11, with 22 goals, before really hitting the headlines thanks to a sensational season in front of goal the following campaign when he registered a phenomenal 40 goals in all competitions, which included three hat-tricks, all four goals in a 4-4 draw with Sheffield Wednesday, and five in a 6-0 whitewash over Wycombe Wanderers. He helped Huddersfield secure promotion via the play-offs and was rewarded with the League One Player of the Year award.
That prompted Rovers to move for his services and they weren't to be disappointed as the young striker enjoyed a standout first season at the club, bagging 28 goals and voted the Player of the Year by the supporters.
The following season the Scottish international once again flourished in front of goal, finishing top scorer with 25 goals to his name, including a hat-trick against former club Huddersfield Town.
The Scottish international's third season at Ewood Park saw him again break the 20-goal mark, the first player to do so for the club since Alan Shearer.