It's been a long and winding road for Matty Platt as a Rovers player, who's gone from a boy to a man during his stay in East Lancashire.
Platt's another one of Rovers' young bunch to extend his stay at Ewood Park, following in the footsteps on Willem Tomlinson and Lewis Hardcastle, and was thrilled to continue his affiliation with the club.
"I'm delighted to have extended my contract with the club and it gives me even more of an incentive to get in the first team now," the 20-year-old said.
"I've been here since I was a nine or 10-year-old, so to push through and play in the first team would be amazing.
"I'm gained some invaluable experience of training and playing with the first team, playing against some league teams as well has been good for my development, too.
"The boss has given opportunities to the likes of Willem [Tomlinson] and Lewis Travis in the first team and that gives me the belief that I can have the chance to do the same.
"I believe I can learn off the manager and help me out along the way as he was a great defender who went through it all as well as a player.
"It's about being ready to step in when needed, particularly around Christmas time with a lot of games."
Platt's featured regularly for Damien Johnson's Under-23s side this season, but is already looking to make that step up sooner rather than later.
"It's been good for me this season in the Under-23s. We've all pushed through from the academy and we'll all hopefully push through to the first team together as well before long," Platt admitted.
"The aim now is to play as much mens football as possible, whether that be going out on loan or getting the opportunity here, anything to help with my development."