Young midfielder Lewis Travis has his eyes firmly fixed on the prize, and is desperate to nail down a place in the starting XI for Rovers' trip to Ipswich Town for the opening game of the season.
Tony Mowbray has had a good look at the 20-year-old in pre-season, taking the midfielder away to Austria with the rest of the first team for the gruelling week-long camp at the end of June.
Since then, Travis has appeared in all three pre-season games, including being the only player to get a full 90 minutes under his belt at Port Vale last weekend.
And speaking to iFollow Rovers after the midweek defeat to Liverpool at Ewood Park, Travis admits he's pleased with his progress but is desperate to "be the first name on the team sheet" sooner rather than later.
“It’s been a good pre-season for me, being with the first team from the off, which wasn't the case this time last year," he revealed.
"I’ve hopefully shown the gaffer what I’ve got. Pre-season is always a good opportunity to do that and to get in the starting team.
“My mind was always on football, even in the off-season. Week in, week out I want to be the first name on his team sheet. I need to keep on impressing the gaffer.
“It would mean the world to start at Ipswich. I hope it happens but if not then the aim will then be to start in the game after that. The progress I’ve made is good but ultimately I want to be a first team regular.
“It’s a big step up, but if I’m 20 and playing in the Championship then it will be good to test myself against that calibre of player."