Jason Lowe is eyeing a return to first team action before this season draws to a close.
The Rovers midfielder is well on the road to recovery from a long-standing foot injury, having played 45 minutes and an hour in two recent Under-21 matches.
Lowe is expected to get further game time when the development squad face Arsenal at Leigh Sports Village this Friday night, with the aim of a first team return fully in his sights.
"There are eight games left now and on a personal level I'm really looking forward to getting back in there," said Lowe.
"I'm excited with how the lads are playing, obviously the new manager has come in and having been with him briefly I like the way he works.
"So hopefully I can get back in there at some point and get back playing."
With the former England Under-21 international sidelined through injury when Paul Lambert took charge, Lowe knows that he has plenty to prove to the new boss.
But Lowe is confident that once he is fully fit he can give the manager a selection headache.
"You feel like you are making up for lost time because it is a clean slate for everybody to stake their claim to play," he added.
"Obviously being inside the gym and the physio room is never great, but I've got confidence in my ability and what I am about, so I am just going to get back in there give what I've got and if the manager likes me and wants to play me then I'm available."
Rovers supporters can see this Friday's Under-21 match at Leigh for free by registering online here.