A year wiser after a season of Championship football, skipper Charlie Mulgrew believes Rovers' young squad will have benefited from the experiences of the 2018-19 campaign.
A number of young players were given a run of games in the Championship last term, with the likes of Adam Armstrong and Lewis Travis gaining regular second tier football in 2018-19.
And with Tony Mowbray adding experienced pair Stewart Downing and Bradley Johnson to the squad, as well as improving the firepower in the final third with the capture of Sam Gallagher, Mulgrew believes Rovers can reach lofty heights this coming campaign.
“In terms of expectations for this coming season, we just want to improve on what we achieved last season, that’s always the aim before every season," the 33-year-old skipper told iFollow Rovers.
“We have the top six in our mind, that’s what we’re pushing towards, but we’ll take things day by day.
“Last season will stand us in good stead. We have a lot of young lads who will be a year stronger for their experience in the Championship.
“The likes of Trav [Lewis Travis] will be more confident and know what’s coming. Those boys will have to step up to the plate, as will us older ones. A year in the Championship can only help us.
“If there’s competition for places then everyone will push themselves on and that can only be a good thing.
“I want to do well for this team and help the team push on. We’re all hoping to have a successful season."