Scott Wharton aims to put the experience of his spell with Cambridge United to good use when he returns to the Rovers squad at the start of pre-season.
The young defender spent the second half of the season on loan at the League Two club, scoring one goal from nine games, and earning several man of the match performances, as the U's just missed out on a place in the end of season play-offs.
The 19-year-old enjoyed his time at the Abbey Stadium, but is now very much looking forward to putting what he learnt into practice at his hometown club.
“It was a very good experience, I enjoyed my time at Cambridge," he told Rovers PlayerHD.
"It took me a while to get used to things, but I played a few games and overall I think it’s been a good experience for me.
“It’s very challenging in League Two – lots of ups and downs, on and off the field, personally for me. You’ve got to be very focused on the football side of things.
“But I think I’ve learnt quite a lot as a player. Being alongside Leon Legge, who’s a very experienced centre-half, and Shaun Derry, the manager, I enjoyed working under him, so I learnt quite a lot.
“So now the plan is to get a good pre-season under my belt and hopefully like last season maybe be in and around the squad and be in and around the team, and if not we’ll see what happens.
“My goals would be to try and get into the first team and play as many games if I can, and we’ve got to be looking to be right up there and get back promoted again.
“But if you’d said to me before the season started that you’d make your debut for Blackburn – and scored – and then gone out on loan to a League Two side, I would have said yes definitely I’d love that, so overall I think it has been a successful season for me and now I just need to push on again next year. There’s no finish line in football, so I just need to keep going.”