Gary Bowyer has been delighted with the displays from fit again Grant Hanley at the start of this season.
The Scottish international, whose last-minute leveller against Cardiff City earned Rovers a point in midweek, has put in some real captain's performances this campaign after missing the last 12 games of last year.
The Rovers boss has revealed that Hanley had played through the pain for spells last season, before eventually succumbing to the calf injury that sidelined the defender for the final two months.
Now free of injury, Hanley is fitter than ever with Bowyer and Rovers seeing the benefit.
"A lot of the time last season he was playing with the injury that saw him out," said the manager.
"He never shies away from any responsibility, it is amazing that he is still only 23 with the number of league games that he has got under his belt, and of course he's a full international.
"He has really benefitted from getting himself 100% fit. Throughout the summer he has worked hard because he didn't go away with Scotland and we are reaping the benefits of that start.
"We are working with him to improve areas of his game which he knows and I think you've seen that in his play already in the first three games.
"The lad is only going to get better that is for sure because he wants to get better."