Rovers full-back Jack Doyle wants to repay the faith shown in him by the club after extending his stay at Ewood Park.
The 19-year-old, who has been with Rovers since the age of 10, put pen-to-paper on a new two-and-a-half-year deal yesterday, which will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019.
The Liverpool-born left-back admits he feels at home in the blue-and-white halves and vows to continue to work hard as he aims to take his game to the next level.
“I’m delighted to get it signed,” said Doyle. “Hopefully I can kick on this year, I’ll just keep working hard and we’ll see where it takes me.
“It was a no-brainer. Once I heard that I was going to be offered a new contract, straight away I knew that I was going to grasp it with both hands.
“I’ve been here since the age of 10. I was on trial, I got signed, I kept going forward and I’ve never looked back. I’ve been here for the last 9-10 years and hopefully I’ll be here for many more.
“It’s a big part of my life. When you’ve been here for that many years, it’s like home and you just want to keep repaying the club for what they’ve done for you. I want to thank all of the Academy staff for everything they’ve done for me over the years and hopefully I can just keep moving forward.”
A regular for Damien Johnson’s development squad, Doyle has found himself on the first team bench twice this season – for the home games against Burton Albion in the Championship and Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Cup.
The defender admits those experiences have whetted his appetite and he hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow full-back Ryan Nyambe, who has held down a regular place in Owen Coyle’s senior squad in recent weeks.
“It was a great experience, I loved every minute of it,” said Doyle. “I was delighted to see the atmosphere at the ground, so hopefully I can keep knocking on the door and we’ll see what happens in the near future.
“It gave me a buzz and that motivation to keep working hard and keep doing the right things, because you never know what might happen. You’ve just got to be ready for your next opportunity.
“You look at Ryan (Nyambe) and the way he’s done the last few games and Scott (Wharton) and Connor (Mahoney) as well. It makes you want to be in their shoes and hopefully do what they’re doing and it makes me think ‘if they can do it, why can’t I do it’, so we’ll see what happens.”
In Owen Coyle, Doyle believes he has a manager who is prepared to give young players a chance and his target now is to start playing some first team football.
“He gives us a good degree of confidence and I like working with him, he’s a great manager,” added the full-back. “He brings the best out of the young players, so hopefully I can keep driving forward and give a good impression to him.
“My goal now is to try and play first team football, whether that’s here or on loan. It was good playing against the likes of Oldham and Carlisle (in the Checkatrade Trophy), and it makes you think ‘yes, I can play at this level’, so hopefully that can happen in the weeks to come.
“I’m 20 next month, so this is the time to try and get some first team opportunities, whether that’s here or elsewhere, so I’ll try to take that with both hands.”