Rovers boss Tony Mowbray says new signing Jack Rodwell should only be judged on his displays on the pitch during his time in the blue-and-white.
Rodwell put pen-to-paper on a short-term deal until the summer of 2019 after a frustrating four years with Sunderland.
The 27-year-old is coming into his prime after beginning his career with boyhood club Everton and winning the Premier League during his two seasons at Manchester City.
In fact, as recently as 2013 he was playing for England against Brazil at the iconic Maracana, so has Mowbray picked up a shrewd signing to bolster his squad?
“It’s going to give us some options and that’s what we’re really looking for. Where this boy has played his football at - Everton, Manchester City, playing for England three times, that shows his calibre," Tony said to iFollow Rovers.
“We all know what’s gone on at Sunderland over the the last few years. I’ve said to him to come here, get his boots on, come and train with us and enjoy your football.
“I’m looking forward to working with him. He was very close to signing for Watford a few weeks ago and if we can get him back to those levels he was at then he will be a very good signing for us.
“He will give us flexibility, he’s 6’3, is lean, is fast, can tackle and is comfortable on the ball. It’s up to him to prove to himself and others that he is still a very good footballer.
“He’s not coming here to play on Saturday or next Tuesday, he’s coming here to get in the team and the only way he will do that at the start is by showing what he can do on the training pitch.
“I’ve seen his clips and when he did play for Sunderland he was fast across the ground, competitive and with great passing ability. I’m excited to see what he can do. Forget the salary he was on at Sunderland, let’s judge him on his football ability and how he does for us."