Tony Mowbray says regular Under-23s football at this moment in time is going to be hugely beneficial for Harry Chapman for the remainder of this season and beyond.
The winger, who arrived from Middlesbrough in the January transfer window, is yet to play in the first team since making his return to Ewood Park.
But he's been a mainstay in Damien Johnson's Development Squad in recent weeks, and completed the full game against West Ham United last week.
And Mowbray admits he's happy to see the 21-year-old winger getting regular game time under his belt.
“Harry’s got to keep building up his core fitness," the boss explained to iFollow Rovers.
"He played his first 90 minutes in a long, long, long time on Monday night at West Ham.
“We won’t get carried away by one 90 minute game. He needs to keep working with the group every day, as he does.
“But it’s important to slip into the Under-23s schedule and get games. The more games he gets under his belt the better for him.
“What he needs is a proper pre-season under his belt. When he does that he’ll be ready for that intensity that we have in our first team."