Rovers boss Gary Bowyer says Jason Lowe’s new deal is just reward for the hard work he puts in both on and off the pitch.
The midfield star, who has been with Rovers since the age of 12, has earned an extended contract with the club following an impressive start to the season.
His manager hopes more players from the Academy will follow in his footsteps after seeing what can be achieved by being fully focussed on your football.
“We’re delighted to have secured his services for a long time,” said Bowyer, who sees the 22-year-old as an integral part of his plans.
“He’s an inspiration for everybody at the Academy because, along with the likes of Grant Hanley, Josh Morris and Adam Henley, he’s another one that has come through the system and has got to where he’s got to through sheer hard work and having the right attitude.
“I feel this season he has improved his game even further and that’s credit to him because he spends endless hours on the training pitch and in the gym. Everything he has achieved has come about through his hard work.
“The coaches have helped him along the way, but he’s the one who has put the hours in and we’re delighted that he will be with us for at least the next four years, because he’s the kind of player we want to build our team around.
“I know other clubs were sniffing around Jason because of what he brings to the team. They get called ‘unsung heroes’, but he’s not an unsung hero in our team – people appreciate how hard he works and the distance he covers in games is phenomenal.
“You forget that he’s only just turned 22 and we’ve got a good core of players around that age, who understand and know how much this club means to them and Jason’s no exception to that. He’s been at the club a long time, coming up through the Academy and the Reserves, the club is a special place to him and we’re delighted that association has been extended.”