The blend of youth and experience is a phrase often used in football, and that's exactly what Tony Mowbray will be wanting ahead of the 2018-19 campaign back in the Championship.
Aside from Danny Graham agreeing a new deal to remain a Rover, Mowbray is yet to make a move in the transfer market, with discussions with key targets still ongoing.
And the boss explains the dilemmas involved when recruiting reinforcements as he aims to build on Rovers' successful 2017-18 campaign and also have one eye on the long-term future.
“We’re trying to add to our existing squad some experience of the Championship of course, but also some youthful players who have a point to prove," the boss began.
"We want to create competition in all areas of the pitch and I’m quite excited by some of the names of players who I’m going to talk to over the next few weeks. The key is picking the best ones.
“Where you spend the money in your team is important. Who’s the really talented free transfer who might be touching 30, and who’s the 21 or 22-year-old who you may have to spend a fair few quid on but won’t get in the team yet but you can see the value setting in?
"We want to create competition in all areas of the pitch and I’m quite excited by some of the names of players who I’m going to talk to over the next few weeks."
“All of those things are constantly bouncing around and we’ll be deciding on positions where we want to invest in."
Mowbray has already met with players who he feels could add something to the team, and offers an insight into the financial side of deals, particularly this early into the window.
“We know some of the players who we’d like to sign, but if you sign them too early then they’ll cost a lot more money," he added.
“It’s important to have options and if one player is holding out then you can move on to another option. Are they coming to Rovers because they will get paid well or are they coming because they can see the potential of the club and can see the progression that we want to make?
"We want players to be a part of a club that wants to progress towards the Premier League in the future. I’m relaxed. I want to get a feel of the player and the agent. I want to get players in who are hungry to make an impact at this club.
"Sometimes I’ll have four or five options in a certain position, some which will have plenty of experience and some that will be young and hungry."