Amari'i Bell says he'll be ready to be one of the first names on the teamsheet for Rovers when the squad start their pre-season preparations in just over a month's time.
Amari'i arrived in the January transfer window from Fleetwood Town, and battled it out for a spot at left back with Derrick Williams.
Bell appeared 12 times as Rovers earned promotion back to the second tier and now has his sights firmly on being a regular in Tony Mowbray's backline in 2018-19.
“I have a point to prove and need to hit the ground running at the start of pre-season," the 24-year-old admitted. "In the last few seasons I haven’t had too much competition, but coming here, there’s plenty of quality and I’ll be doing all I can to step up next season.
“I’ll be ready for next season. I came here to play and that’s certainly my aim come the start of next season.
“I can’t wait for next season to come already. I’ll switch off and relax this summer, but not too much. I want to come back showing the gaffer what I can do."
And Amari'i adds that he's looking forward to the battle for places with Williams, who himself is now part of the Republic of Ireland international squads.
“Having competition keeps you on your toes. You can’t afford to make a mistake, otherwise you’ll be out of the team. It pushes you on to improve all the time, and that goes for each player in that position."
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