Rovers strengthened their defensive ranks with the signing of Matt Kilgallon on a two-year deal, for a free transfer from Sunderland in July 2013.
A highly-rated youngster, Kilgallon started his career with Leeds United, progressing quickly through their Academy to make his debut as an 18-year-old in November 2002.
The central defender would go on to become a regular in Leeds’ senior squad, making 95 appearances and scoring three goals during a five-year spell.
In January 2007, Kilgallon made the move to South Yorkshire, signing for Sheffield United in a £1.75m deal and after three successful years with the Blades, which included 126 appearances and four goals, Kilgallon joined Premier League side Sunderland in January 2010.
A regular early on in his career with the Black Cats, the former England Under-21 international increasingly found first team opportunities limited due to a succession of managerial changes and spent loan spells with Doncaster Rovers and Middlesbrough before returning to the Stadium of Light at the start of the 2011-12 season.
Adding some much-needed experience to Rovers' young defensive line, Kilgallon has impressed during his time at Ewood Park, earning himself a new one-year deal in July 2015.