“Being a footballer is the best job ever,” says Rovers goalkeeper Andrew Fisher after the academy graduate penned a new deal to keep him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2019.
The 19-year-old played all three games in Rovers’ Checkatrade Trophy games this term and is now looking to progress, eager for more game time under Tony Mowbray this term - and is aiming to crank up the pressure on fellow stoppers David Raya and Jayson Leutwiler.
“I’m delighted to sign the new contract,” Fisher told iFollow. “It’s been a while coming but it’s over the line now which is pleasing.
“I’ve had so much support from the coaches and the likes of David and Jayson. Both are really good ‘keepers, they help me along and we all want each other to do well.
"I’ve trained with David for a few years now and he’s really helped my game so much by telling me things and giving me tips.
“I’ve been taking bits of David’s game into my own. We’re friends on and off the pitch and get on really well.
“It’s been different to Under-23s football. You play it out from the back all the time but when the first team comes along you can’t afford to take many risks.”
Thrown straight into the XI for Rovers’ home clash against Stoke City U23s at the end of August for his first team debut, the teenager admits he wasn’t daunted ahead of coming up against the Potters at Ewood.
“I was slightly nervous before the game but as it was Stoke’s U23s I was kind of used to it to be honest. To get a clean sheet in my first match was a real confidence booster for me.
“The gaffer's put his faith in me in the Checkatrade Trophy games and I just want more whether it be getting games here or going out on loan.
“I didn’t expect to get too much first team football so it’s been important to grab those opportunities when they come around.
“These experiences are massive and you need to get games under your belt as early as possible. It’s hard at the moment being third choice and it’s difficult for the gaffer to let me go out on loan just in case Jayson gets injured."
And Fisher's deal shows that hard work does pay off, with the youngster being handed his chance
“This is the best club for me and it’s really worked well since I came here at 14. You have to put in the work and it can’t really get too much better. I remember growing up seeing the first team and dreaming of being there and now I’m training with the first team every day. Being a footballer is the best job ever really."