The signing of Richard Chaplow is the perfect summation of Paul Dickov’s approach to the transfer market this summer.
That is the verdict of Dickov himself who says bringing in experience of battling at the top end of the table was his main priority ahead of the new season.
After seeing Rovers’ push for the play-offs end with a whimper last term, Dickov said building a squad with the right mental strength was key to improvement in the next campaign.
And he feels Chaplow’s arrival ticks that same box, along with the signings of Thorsten Stuckmann, Gary MacKenzie and Andy Williams.
“The majority of our recruitment is centred on people with Richard’s experience,” Dickov said. “Players who know how to get into and stay in the top six.
“They need to push themselves, not just in matches but in training too and he leads by example and will drag other players along with him as well.”
If Dickov had any doubts about the mentality of the former Southampton and Preston North End midfielder, they were washed away when it came to discussions about when he would start training with Rovers.
Chaplow concluded last season on loan at Ipswich Town, where he was part of the team that reached the semi-finals of the play-offs.
Though his campaign ended after much of the rest of the Rovers squad, Dickov was minded to give the 30-year-old a few days extra break.
But Chaplow refused.
He said: “With them being in the play-offs, we looked at giving him some extra days rest because he’s not had much of a break.
“But to be fair to him, he’s buzzing to get in here and join in with the lads.”