Jack Vale says the opportunity given to young players was a big reason why he was so keen to stay with Rovers after putting pen to paper on a first professional deal with the club.
The Welshman agreed to remain a Rover until the summer of 2020 and joins the likes of John Buckley, Hayden Carter and Jack Evans in progressing through the youth ranks to sign pro terms with the club in recent weeks.
And speaking moments after putting pen to paper, the 17-year-old says Rovers is the best place to be for youngsters like himself.
“It’s a good feeling for me to sign my first contract at this club," Vale began. "There’s been a lot of hard work from me to get to this point in my career. I want more feelings like this to come in my career. I want to keep pushing on and keep getting contracts in my career.
“There have been some hard times for me but I’ve pushed through them. There will be more times like that but I’ll keep going, keep progressing every day and trying to be the best player I can be.
“Rovers is a great club to be at as they develop you and give chances to youngsters in the first team."
Vale adds that he's looking forward to the challenges ahead, admitting that the step up in class will be a tough road, but one he's relishing.
“It’s a big step up from being a scholar, considering I’m still in my first year. Being offered a deal now is a great feeling for me. I want to get in the Under-23s more and eventually get into the first team.
“It’s been a great time here. I started at Under-14s, gone up to Under-16s, offered a scholar deal and now a pro contract.
“I’ll keep motivated and this contract will push me on even more."
And following on from his and the Under-18s' FA Youth Cup exploits this term, where Billy Barr's side reached the quarter-finals of the competition, Jack insists he will take experience and motivation from that cup journey.
“Getting to the quarters was good but we lost to a good side in Blackpool," he reflects. "On the night we weren’t as good as previous rounds and we got knocked out. It was a horrible feeling but that will act as motivation for me as I don’t want that feeling again.
“The game against Nottingham Forest, at Ewood, and to score a hat-trick, it is a night I’ll remember for a long time. I want more of that at Ewood, carrying on scoring goals there.
“There weren’t many fans there but you could feel the atmosphere that night. I can’t imagine what it would be like with a full house.
“There will be hard days to come but I have to keep pushing to be the best I can be. Hopefully I’ll get my chance in the first team at some point."