Wes Brown is looking forward to playing first team football again - and helping Rovers climb the Championship table.
The former England defender has been playing for Rovers’ Under-23s in the Premier League 2 in recent weeks after linking up with the club at the start of pre-season.
However, having now signed a permanent contract through to June 2017, the 36-year-old can’t wait to get going for the senior side and contribute to some positive results.
“I’ve been with the boys and everyone at the club since the beginning of pre-season and I’m just glad that it’s all sorted now and I can get myself on the pitch,” said Brown, who played over 350 games for boyhood club Manchester United.
“It’s been great. I knew a few of the lads already, but there’s a good bunch of lads here and I’ve settled in really well and the lads have all been fine with me and the manger is the one who got me here in the first place, so I’m glad now it’s all sorted and I can help the team as much as possible.
“Once the confidence comes back, I’m sure we can get out of this little patch that we’re in. We’ve got the quality here and hopefully we can look forward now to the next few games and getting some points on the board. A few more wins early doors and we’ll be climbing up that table soon enough.
“I went to the game yesterday against Leeds. It was a disappointing result, but I just want to be available for selection now and that’s the main thing. I’m happy, I’m pretty sure the manager and the staff are happy as well, they’ve been great with me and I’m just going to look forward now to the next few games coming up.”
After a glittering 15-year career at Old Trafford, where he won five Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues, Brown has spent the past five seasons at Sunderland, before being released at the start of the summer.
But the ex-England international, who was included in the Three Lions squad for the 2002 World Cup, admits he never once thought about hanging up his boots.
“If I’m being honest, I’m not really like that,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to carry on as long as I can and this is an opportunity that arose and I was more than happy to jump on board.
“I’m delighted and hopefully I can get some good performances out there as well to get us up the table.”