Lewis Travis says he's looking forward to battle commencing for places in the midfield positions having started each of Rovers' last four games in all competitions.
Following Richie Smallwood's three-game suspension, Travis has taken advantage, and has shown his class both on and off the ball, in the centre of the park.
The 21-year-old has been patient, waiting for his chance, but now appears to have grabbed the opportunity with both hands, and is looking forward to locking horns with experienced duo Corry Evans and Richie Smallwood for spots.
“I’m in the team now, which is what I’ve worked hard for since I was a boy," the Academy graduate told iFollow Rovers.
“It’s always good to have competition for places. I’ll challenge Richie, Richie will challenge me, and we also have Corry [Evans] and Reedy [Harrison Reed] vying for places in the middle of the pitch.
“Hopefully that competition will bring out the best in us. If you know you have a place nailed down every week, I don’t think you bring the best out of yourself.
“For all of us, it’s a great environment to play in."
Travis has been at the heart of Rovers' fine start to 2019, and believes the good times can continue after two wins from two in the Championship since the turn of the year.
“We want to win every game, but we’ll just need to take the positives out of the cup game in midweek and focus on the league. That is the main aim for us now," he added.
“In the next two weeks we have games that we recognise we can win. If we win both of them, it could put us in a great position in the table.
“We’ve had a great start to 2019. We were unlucky in the cup, but if we continue doing what we’re doing then I’m sure we’ll be onto great things."