It's been a year to remember for Lewis Travis so far, with the young midfielder rewarded for his fine 2019 with a new long-term contract earlier this week.
The 21-year-old's emergence across the festive period in 2018-19 proved to be crucial for Tony Mowbray, with Travis impressing so much he simply couldn't be left out of the side.
And discussing the young star's fresh contract, with Travis set to stay at Ewood Park until the summer of 2023, Mowbray was beaming to tie the highly-rated Liverpudlian down.
“I think Lewis Travis’ deal is a huge one for the club," Mowbray began when speaking to iFollow Rovers.
"The potential for Lewis is boundless. He’s a young guy with fire in his belly and you can’t give that to footballers.
“He’s burning away to win matches, win every challenge, and he has a number of great qualities.
“He needs to get better technically, his passing needs to improve, but for his desire and his commitment, his endeavour, it’s as good as I’ve seen. He’ll make it really hard for a team-mate to shift him out of a team.
“I see the fire burning really strong in him. We have signed a couple of central midfield players this summer and Trav is not taking any prisoners. He’s tackling everybody and showing why he’s here. I like that sort of thing.
“Lewis will force himself into the team and will make sure he stays there. Its a huge signing for us moving forward and he’s here for a good few years now. He’ll only get better and better and help this club prosper."
Travis appeared 31 times for the club last term in all competitions, and Mowbray believes it will now be up to Rovers to keep up with the versatile midfielder, who linked up with the club as a teenager after being let go by Liverpool.
“I have no fears for Trav," the manager added.
"I know all about his personality, he’s very driven. We need to move with his ambition, otherwise he’ll be a player that is much sought-after in the next year or two.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him drive our team from midfield and I’m sure opponents won’t be relishing the days when they’re up against Lewis in our midfield.”