Promising Rovers youngster Lewis Travis has put pen-to-paper on a new one-year contract with the club.
A combative and versatile footballer, Travis has the ability to play in a variety of positions across the back four and in midfield.
After joining from Liverpool in December 2014, the talented teenager made the successful step up from the Academy to Damien Johnson’s development squad and was on the bench for three first team fixtures last season – away at Huddersfield Town in the league, as well as against QPR and Blackpool in the FA Cup.
The 19-year-old signed his first professional contract with the club in May 2016, which was set to expire this month, but after accepting the club’s offer of re-engagement, he is now looking forward to the next 12 months in Rovers colours.
“I’m delighted,” said Travis, who combines great technical ability with a fantastic attitude to succeed.
“It’s what I’ve worked for since I was a young boy. I’ve worked hard all season and I’ve now been rewarded with the contract, so I’m very pleased.”
Having got a taste of life as a first team footballer last season, Travis now hopes to force his way into manager Tony Mowbray’s team.
“Last year was great,” he added. “I really enjoyed the experiences of being on the bench and being involved with the first team – it was amazing. All of the lads were great with me, so hopefully next year I can make that next step up and get a couple of appearances under my belt.
“It’s the final step really, to get into the team. It’s also probably the hardest step, to earn a position and cement your place in the team. So I’m going to work hard over pre-season, get myself as fit as possible, try and get some good games in with the first team and then hopefully when the season starts I’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Travis admits he was delighted to see fellow Academy graduates Ryan Nyambe, Scott Wharton and Willem Tomlinson all make their league debuts for the club last season and he hopes to follow in their footsteps in 2017-18.
“To see the lads go on and make the step up shows that it’s possible and obviously the manager is prepared to give young players a chance, which is good for me.”
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