Rovers boss Paul Lambert has been delighted with the recent performances of midfielder Darragh Lenihan and believes the youngster can only get better.
The Republic of Ireland Under-21 captain put in a starring display on Saturday as ten-man Rovers defeated Brentford 1-0 at Griffin Park, one of many impressive displays from the 22-year-old.
Since returning to the first team squad at the turn of the year Lenihan has gone on to make 18 appearances for Rovers with Lambert pleased with the young Irishman.
"I think he is getting better, for somebody young who has been thrown in, he's taken his opportunity," said the manager.
"You are never quite sure how people are going to play until you throw them in.
"I needed a manager myself that believed in me that I could be thrown in and shown to handle it, and if there's a time to do that with young ones who I think are good enough I'll throw them in and it is up to them to sink or swim.
"At the minute he's certainly doing more than swimming, he's performing and he's been a big player for us."
Lenihan is currently on international duty with the Republic of Ireland's Under-21s. They have UEFA qualifiers against Italy and Slovenia this week.