New signing Stephen Hendrie admits he jumped at the chance to join ‘a massive club’ and can’t wait to get started.
The Scotland Under-21 international has put pen-to-paper on a season-long loan deal at Ewood Park from Premier League giants West Ham.
The 21-year-old joined the Hammers from Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academical last summer and enjoyed a progressive first season at Upton Park – winning the Under-21 Premier League Cup and spending time on loan at Southend United.
After completing his move to East Lancashire, the Scottish starlet hopes to take his game to the next level.
“I’m absolutely delighted to put pen to paper,” said the highly-rated defender.
“Obviously it’s a massive club, it's going places and I'm buzzing to be here and I can't get wait to get started.
“The manager played a big part and the size of the club. Hopefully it's going to be a good season and I just want to come here and get games and kick on and see how I do.”
Hendrie played over 100 games for Hamilton before making the move to Upton Park, where he found first team opportunities harder to come by.
Having enjoyed a successful loan spell at Southend earlier this year, Hendrie insists that getting more minutes under his belt is at the top of his Rovers agenda.
“Yeah, I need to get game time,” he added.
“Obviously back at West Ham playing Under-21s it's not ideal. It’s good, but I want to be playing first team football and the Championship is such a good league, so I'm happy to be here and I can't wait to get started.
“When I went to Southend, it was good playing games. I enjoyed it there, but I just wish it got extended, so I could play more games. I only played about six games, but now I’m here and it’s a full season loan and I just can't wait to get started.
“I'm 21 and the Championship is a great league and when you're 21 you want to play in the best leagues and this is obviously up there with them. It's a big club in a big league, so I’m just happy to be here.”