Gary Bowyer has been delighted to see Jason Lowe back out on the training pitch as the players returned to pre-season training.
The Rovers boss admitted the side missed Lowe's tenacity and desire last season and is very much looking forward to seeing him back in action in a blue-and-white shirt.
The former England Under-21 international missed a large chunk of the last campaign, a troublesome foot injury restricting the midfielder to just 14 appearances.
But now free of the injury, Bowyer admits Lowe is eager to make up for lost time and could feature in the first pre-season friendly of the summer against Accrington Stanley this Saturday.
"When you sit back at the end of the season and reflect it was clear to see that we missed him massively," said Bowyer.
"I've known him for a long time so I know what he brings to the team, but I think the supporters realised last season what a miss he was for us because his energy and his desire that drives everybody else on was clearly missing for us.
"Not only that, but he's got a great awareness of danger and I think that was also missing from our midfield.
"He's now raring to go and eager to make up for lost time. He hasn't stood still, he's continued to develop himself. I know he's started his coaching badges, which for someone at 23, you've got to take your hat off to him.
"He always wants to learn and get better, we are hoping that he'll have a really big season for us."
Ticket prices for the friendly at the Store First Stadium this Saturday are £15 Adults, £10 Over 65s & Students with a valid ID, £5 for Under 17s. Cash only on the turnstiles.