After five years away from England, German international Lewis Holtby says he's itching to get back into the swing of things in this country after penning a two-year contract earlier today.
The midfield playmaker, who turned 29 yesterday, arrives as a free agent after opting to depart Hamburg in the summer, where he'd spent the last five years.
A former Premier League player with Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, Holtby, who has three caps for Germany, has also represented Schalke in the Champions League.
The move to Rovers represents a fresh start for the schemer, and he couldn't contain his delight when discussing his switch to East Lancashire.
“I’m very, very happy and can’t wait to get back on the field," he beamed to iFollow Rovers.
"It’s like I’ve turned back time again in coming back to England.
“I’ve turned 29 this week, so I’m a bit older than I was than the last time I was in England, but I’m just happy to get a new challenge at what is a very warm club.
“The people that I’ve got to know here, such as the gaffer, I can see that this is a club with ambition and a club that wants to get back to the Premier League.
“For me, from now on, the aim is to show my best football to improve the team and myself. Hopefully we can get going to have a positive time together.
“I think the move took so long because it was a big decision to return to England. I’ve played at Hamburg, which was a really intensive time for me over the five years.
“After that, you try to figure out your personality, what you’re looking for and what you want to do.
“Coming back to England, with me being half-English, it was a very attractive proposition for me and playing in the Championship is a new and exciting challenge for me," he added.
The Championship will be something new for Holtby, but he's excited to get stuck in and learn more about himself during his time with Rovers.
“I feel it’ll be a tough but very valuable experience for me, but that’s exactly what I’m seeking," he admitted.
"I’ve got a really good feeling that the link will go very well. The values of the club and mine, they link well together.
“I love football and have done since I first kicked a ball. That won’t stop until I’m probably under the ground.
“The main thing is about me producing and being happy at a place and playing good football."