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Trav: What a difference a year makes

Lewis Travis is set for his 50th career league start if selected against Swansea City on Wednesday night

10 December 2019

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Not many footballers can claim to have had a better 2019 than Rovers midfielder Lewis Travis.

Last season was a breakthrough campaign for the young midfielder, who took his chance in the festive fixture against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane in 2018-19. He's been a regular feature ever since.

The 22-year-old has featured in 18 of Rovers 20 league games so far this season and will make his 50th league start for the club if selected against Swansea City on Wednesday night.

The combative midfielder has shown excellent form in recent games and has struck up a fine partnership in the centre of the park alongside Corry Evans.

The Academy graduate admits he's still learning on the job, but is happy with his showings in the second tier since getting his break against The Blades almost a year ago.

“It’s what I’ve worked for since I was a boy so to reach 50 appearances is great recognition for me," he said to iFollow Rovers ahead of the trip across the border.

“It’s crazy when I think back to this time last year. It looked like I’d be heading out on loan and now I’m on 50 games for the club.

“I feel I’ve adapted to the league well. There’s a lot of great players in this division but I don’t think I’m out of place here.

“Two years ago I knew I could play at League One because I did play games here and there. Since then, and since promotion to the Championship, I feel like I’ve adapted quite well.

“It’s been a massive spell for us and I think we’ve come good at a great time and shot up the table."

His form has played a part in Rovers' rise up the table, with the team going in search of a fifth successive Championship victory at The Liberty Stadium.

“A couple of weeks ago we were down towards the bottom and now we’ve moved right up there," he added with a smile.

“There’s loads of games over the Christmas period so hopefully we can keep the wins going.

“We always knew about the potential in the team. We have some great players and have the quality to be up fighting towards the top of the table.

“It’s just been about joining it all together and getting the job done on the pitch.

“These two games are against strong teams, but if we play as we know we can then I don’t think they’ll get near us. We’ll hopefully climb higher up the table come the start of next week."

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