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Lewis looking to build on mind-blowing debut

Travis hopes to continue to impress for Rovers Under-23s

6 September 2017

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Lewis Travis is hoping to build on his first senior start in last week's Checkatrade Trophy success over Stoke City's Under-21s.

The versatile 19-year-old, who scored the winning penalty in Monday night's Lancashire FA Senior Cup triumph over Wigan Athletic, was one of four Rovers youngsters to make their debuts in the Ewood Park encounter.

Travis has started the season in fine form for Rovers Under-23s, who have won their opening three Premier League 2 games, and he hopes to continue to impress for Damien Johnson's side in order to push for more first team appearances.

"It was a great experience," said the attack-minded full-back. "It’s what I’ve worked for my whole career, just to try and get that debut, so it was good.

"It was quite mind-blowing at the start to be honest, but you have to take it all in and just treat it like a normal game and try to do your best.

"I’ve worked hard my whole career to try and get that debut and to kick on, so you have to try and do well when you get there and take your chance.

"There were a few butterflies, but as soon as you get into the game, do the first couple of good passes, it’s fine.

"You’ve got more of a crowd, you’ve obviously got the gaffer, so there were a few butterflies, but it’s just a normal 11 v 11 at the end of the day.

"You just have to treat it like a normal game really and just keep doing what I’m doing. As soon as you get your first couple of touches, first couple of passes, you get into the game.

"I tried to get forward as often as I could.

"The gaffer gave me license to go forward and try to create chances for the team, and on one occasion I got forward, Charlie Adam bounced me over in the box and I don’t know how it’s not a penalty!"

An unused substitute for the first team on two occasions last season - in the FA Cup victories over QPR and Blackpool - Travis made his senior bow alongside Under-23 team-mates Andy Fisher, Matty Platt and Joe Nuttall, who scored whe winning goal, whilst Willem Tomlinson and Jack Doyle also made their first Rovers starts.

Having come tantalisingly close last season, Travis was delighted to finally make his debut and he now hopes to follow in the footsteps of fellow Academy graduates Ryan Nyambe and Darragh Lenihan by becoming a regular part of Tony Mowbray's plans.

"I just had to keep going and keep going and waiting for my chance," he added. "The gaffer’s given me the chance, so it’s good that I’ve taken it and I’ve done well.

"I loved every minute of it to be fair. I can’t lie, I want more of it.

"I want to be playing regular week-in week-out for the first team.

"You have to build on that really, to be honest. I don’t know when my chance will come next, maybe in the Checkatrade Trophy or maybe in the league, but I just have to keep playing well in every game that I play in, whether that would be in the Under-23s or the first team."

"You can see, the gaffer gives young lads opportunities if he thinks you’re good enough, so it’s always good to have a manager like that, so you can see a pathway at this club.

"Other people have done it before like Ryan and Darragh, so it’s always good for that.

"You just have to keep going and do what you can do to get that spot and make it your own."

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