New signing Danny Guthrie insists he is available for selection for Saturday’s season opener against Wolves - and hopes to be a ‘leader’ within the Rovers ranks.
The former Liverpool, Newcastle and Reading midfielder, who has a wealth of Premier League experience, has signed a two-year deal with the club after impressing on trial.
Guthrie, who featured for Rovers in the friendlies against Bury and Wigan, admits he is still playing catch-up on the fitness front, but is eager to earn a starting spot for the big Championship kick-off against Wolves this weekend.
“Obviously I’m slightly behind everyone because it hasn’t been as long for me, but I played 45 on the Tuesday and 60 at the weekend and I felt ok,” said the 28-year-old.
“I felt I could have done a little bit more, but it was sensible to do an hour, so if the manager needed me or wanted me to start on Saturday, I’d have no problem with that.
“That’s what everyone works for, to be in that first 11 on the opening day and with it being at home, against a good Wolves side, who went very close last year and have strengthened again, so it’s a good test.
“You can’t plan the season with what happens on Saturday, but it is important that you get off to a good start and especially in front of your home fans.”
Having trained with the Rovers players for the past week, Guthrie admits he has been impressed with the quality within the squad and he hopes his experience can have a positive effect on the younger members of the group in such a difficult division.
“I watched the club against Liverpool last season and they did really well against a top side,” he added. “So that fight and spirit was the first thing I took away.
“Then, obviously, playing against some of the lads, you know that they’re good players, but when you work with them each day, you find out a lot more about them and so I’m excited and looking forward to what the season may bring.
“It’s quite a young squad, so me being 28 and experienced, having played in the Championship and the Premier League, I think it will be important for me to be a bit of leader for the young lads, because it’s a difficult league, it’s relentless and one or two more good signings and I think we’ll be in a position to push.”
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