Tony Mowbray hopes Sam Hart can put roots down at Rovers after completing a deadline day move from Liverpool.
The 20-year-old left-back joined Liverpool from Manchester United as an Under-16 and has progressed through the Anfield club's youth ranks.
A dependable and determined defender, Hart spent the first half of last season on loan at Port Vale, where he made 16 appearances, including 11 in League One.
With that experience under his belt, Mowbray believes the new signing is up for the challenge of competing for a place in the team and he hopes he can progress as a player under the Rovers boss' stewardship.
"Sam Hart is somebody that we have watched for a while," said the manager.
"He is very aggressive, he likes a tackle and he is a good stature at six foot tall.
"He's coming from a massive football club, but he has been out on loan at Port Vale, so he has got some experience of the league.
"I'm looking forward to working with him. He's another nice lad who is looking forward to the challenge.
"First of all he's got to get in and around the team. He understands that, but that is the challenge for him.
"I'm looking forward to progressing him on and giving him some experience and hopefully help him build his career."