Tony Mowbray believes Scott Wharton will have everything to gain after the defender agreed a season-long loan deal at Lincoln City.
The Blackburn-born centre back played against the Imps on Saturday afternoon for Rovers before putting pen-to-paper to spend the 2018-19 campaign at Sincil Bank.
And now he will Mowbray believes the deal will prove to be a beneficial one for all parties, with Wharton set for regular game time under Danny Cowley's League Two outfit.
“There were a couple of League One sides interested in Scott, but our predicament earlier in the summer was that we had to keep Scott," Mowbray began.
"We had [Charlie] Mulgrew and [Derrick] Williams, who both didn’t train for the first week due to international action so we had to keep him at that time and other clubs went for other players.
“I need to look after our group first and foremost, and with [Darragh] Lenihan, Mulgrew and Williams unavailable, I had to play Scott and have him around for pre-season.
"For Scott, it's important to get game time and to get that experience, and he'll gain from playing 30 or 40 games for Lincoln next season."
The boss also revealed that he is hopeful that it will be a case of one defender out in the form of Wharton and one potentially coming in through the doors at Ewood Park.
“We’re working very hard - particularly in the last month - on another central defender but it hasn’t happened and we’re still waiting," he added.
"We know what we need to do, we need to strengthen the top area first but we don’t want to leave ourselves too light at the other end either."