Corry Evans will begin his seventh season as a Rovers player when the squad return to pre-season training next month, and says he's seen a dramatic change of mentality around the club under Tony Mowbray.
The 28-year-old, who is expected to be a part of the Northern Ireland squad for their European Qualifiers games this summer, appeared 41 times for club and country in 2018-19 and showed the usual consistency in his game throughout the campaign.
A 15th place finish in the Championship was seen as a decent campaign by most, and reflecting on the campaign, Evans believes the club are well placed for a potential play-off push next season with the young squad available.
“I think it’s six years now that I’ve been here and it’s been good to be back in the Championship again this season," he told iFollow Rovers.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get to where we wanted to be but it’s good to stabilise ourselves back in the division.
“We know as a group of lads that our poor run in February and March wasn’t good enough. It was frustrating because we couldn’t put our finger on why it wasn’t working for us.
“We stuck together though and worked hard and fortunately got the results back."
And the midfielder adds that things have turned around in East Lancashire under Mowbray's rule, with Rovers consolidating in their first season back in the second tier following promotion from League One at the first time of asking.
“There was a lot of change after we were relegated and a lot of credit has to go to the manager since then," he said.
“It’s good to see the young lads coming through amongst the good players we have at this club, and I’m sure playing Championship football this season will benefit them hugely.
“He got us back up at the first time of asking, which is difficult to do from League One. He got us back on side with the fans and everyone around the club.
“Things have changed drastically and we’re a club moving forward now rather than looking below us."