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30 August 2016

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Matty Platt is relishing the prospect of coming up against senior pros when Rovers take on Fleetwood Town in this evening's opening Checkatrade Trophy group match.

Rovers will play Fleetwood, Carlisle United and Oldham Athletic in the new-look competition, with the first match taking place at Fleetwood's Highbury Stadium this Tuesday night - kick-off 7.45pm.

The central defender admits it will be a different experience to what they are used to in their usual league programme, but knows it represents a great chance to impress.

"It is a really good opportunity to impress the manager and to show him what we can do," Platt told Rovers PlayerHD.

"It will be very different to what we are used to in the Premier League 2 games because it is obviously men's football and against a proper League One team. That is the standard that we have got to aim to get to.

"Playing Notts County in pre-season was a good experience as it was a game against their first team. And I think it can prepare us well for what we can expect against Fleetwood.

"The physicality of the game was more than what we are used to, the whole environment of a proper ground with fans and singing, we aren't used to that at our games."

The incentive to do well is certainly there for Platt and the rest of the development squad, with the progress that fellow Academy graduate Scott Wharton has made this campaign.

The Blackburn-born defender made his league debut in the 2-2 draw with Burton Albion, before scoring his first senior goal as Rovers progressed in the EFL Cup seven days ago.

"It was an enjoyable experience to go and watch Scott and to see him do well inspires us to work harder each day in training," added Platt.

"Watching the game and seeing him do well has inspired me as I've played with him all through the Academy system, so if he can do it then why can't I do it and push on and try and get in that first team with him.

"I think it has given all the lads a boost, to see him up there with the first team, all the lads can see that it can happen. We all want to follow in his footsteps and try and get in the first team and do well."

Fans going to see the young Rovers in action against Fleetwood this evening can pay on the night at the Highbury Stadium, prices are £20 for Adults, £10 for Seniors and £5 for Under-16s.

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