Just three years ago Tom White was wondering whether he'd ever be able to play football again after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
The horror injury occured whilst the then teenage starlet was playing for Gateshead's Under-19s side, and he ended up having a year out of the game with his long-term recovery.
White admits he doubted whether he'd ever go on to be a first team player after the setback, and he discussed his pathway to Ewood when speaking to iFollow Rovers.
“I was at the boys club until I was about 15 or 16 before signing a scholarship with Carlisle," he explained.
"After getting released I ended up at Gateshead, had a bad injury and made my way back in, having a good season last term.
“Nobody would want an ACL injury but I wouldn’t change it because it’s made me the man I am today. That’s the harsh reality of football and you really do need to cherish the good times.
“It’s changed my whole mindset not just in football but generally as well.
“It’s something I’m proud of and it makes me appreciate moments like this. My journey isn’t one that many players would make, but I’m proud of it.
“There’s been a lot of downs and a lot of ups and I expect that’ll continue because that’s what football is all about. Moving here 100% ranks right in the ups.
“There were times I thought my footballing days were over, I’d be lying if I didn’t say that," the 22-year-old added honestly.
“There were maybe times where I thought about not going up, but more about whether to go down the part time route and to do something on the side.
“But I’ve always been hungry, worked hard, pushed myself and it’s paying dividends now."