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Competition for places? Bring it on!

"I won’t take my foot off the pedal now I’ve signed a long-term contract, there’s bigger things to come"

22 July 2019

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New recruits may already have been brought in to play in central midfield by Tony Mowbray, but Lewis Travis is itching to fight it out for a regular spot in the Rovers midfield.

Mowbray moved quickly to bring in experienced midfield duo Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing in the summer as the competition for places intensifies at Ewood Park.

With Richie Smallwood, Corry Evans, Elliott Bennett and Jacob Davenport all further options for the boss to choose from, Mowbray will have decisions to make for the roles.

But that's no problem for Travis, who is eager to nail down his place in the side.

“There’s always competition for places, that’s what makes players better," he told iFollow Rovers after penning a new four-year deal earlier today.

"I’m someone who is very self-motivated and when I see an opportunity I won’t let it go.

“The gaffer has strengthened the squad in my position and that’s only going to make me a better player. I want to be the best. The added competition will push me on even more.

“It’s been that way all the time. I won’t take my foot off the pedal now I’ve signed a long-term contract. For me, there’s bigger things to come."

Only 21, Travis appeared on 31 occasions in league and cups for Rovers last term and believes the best is yet to come as he aims to build on the experiences of 2018-19.

“I’m always looking to improve my game," he added.

"We have Lowey [David Lowe], Veno [Mark Venus], Damien Johnson, they’re not afraid to tell you what they really think to make you a better player.

“Both Damien and [former assistant] David Dunn have been a huge help for me. I was a starter in the Under-23s but nowhere near the first team.

“They pushed me on, believed in me and helped me with my game.

“I always like to take advice from people, especially those that are experienced in the game and know what it’s about. They’ve taught me a lot.

“Damien’s been massive for me and wants the best for all the players. He puts time and effort into every individual he works with."

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