Tony Mowbray made just the one move on deadline day, but the boss believes the addition of Greg Cunningham brings much needed quality in a key position.
The Republic of Ireland international joined today on a season-long loan move from divisional rivals Cardiff City, and returns to Lancashire having enjoyed a three-year stint with Preston North End earlier in his career.
Cunningham was part of Cardiff's Premier League squad last term, but will now spend the 2019-20 campaign back in the north-west.
And Mowbray is thrilled to have landed the 28-year-old for the campaign, with the boss believing the Irishman has all the key attributes needed from a modern day full back.
“We’re delighted that he’s with us as it’s an area of the pitch that we feel needs competition," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers after snapping up the former Manchester City trainee.
“Greg will come in and compete for the left back spot and it’s up to him to get in the team. We’re looking forward to getting him on the grass and seeing how he plays.
“From what I’ve seen, he’s very efficient and economical. He’s steady, defends the back post, tackles players and gets stuck in.
“He’s a full back who does exactly what it says on the tin really, and maybe at times that’s what we need.
“As a manager, you look for players that are going to be hungry to play. For some reason he’s not played as much football as he would have liked.
“But when you look at the footage, you see the talent. You see the aggression, you see the passing and you see him whipping wonderful balls into the box and creating chances," he added.
“He has an opportunity here for a fresh start and his opportunity will be just around the corner, whether that be this weekend at Fulham or next weekend.
“Once he’s in he needs to perform.”