Lewis Travis says 2019 has been better than he could have expected after going from the Under-23s side to a regular in the Rovers first team.
Since breaking into the team at Sheffield United just after Christmas, Travis has featured heavily under Tony Mowbray, appearing 11 times since the turn of the year in all competitions.
And the 21-year-old believes that's just reward for the hard work and patience shown since coming through as a youngster.
“It’s been great for me so far this year and is something I’ve wanted and worked for since I was a young boy," he began.
“I’ve always thought that I’d do well in the team, I’ve trusted my ability, it’s just been about showing the gaffer and the fans what I can do.
“I always try and give my all and be up there with my statistics. I was waiting two years for my chance, that was when I was around the first team.
"I was patient, which it’s all about. Once one of the youngsters gets in it gives everyone that bit of hope.
“Everyone knows that the gaffer gives youngsters a chance in the first team, which is good."
There was speculation that the Merseysider would head out on loan at the start of the January transfer window, but the quality of his displays was so high, Mowbray simply had to keep him in East Lancashire.
“Selfishly, I thought going out on loan would help my career massively," Travis added honestly.
"Every manager wants players with experience. Can they handle it in first team games?
“I think I’ve shown, [Ryan] Nyambe has shown, [Joe] Nuttall has shown, it’s not always the way to do it. If you can do it in the first team then that’s the best way to do it.
“It’s just about taking your opportunity when it comes your way."