The class of 2013 should be going all out to impress boss Paul Dickov according to first team coach Paul Butler, writes Liam Hoden.
Six young players graduated f rom Rovers’ youth set up this summer when signing one year professional deals.
And Butler - who worked under Dickov at Oldham - reassured the group they will get an opportunity in the senior squad, if they can impress Rovers’ boss.
“Paul is a very fair man and he will give everyone a chance,” Butler told the Green’Un.
“Every professional footballer who plays under him should appreciate that.
“They will get their chance and it’s up to them whether they take it or not.
“He’s not picky or particular about the magnitude of the status of a player.
“Paul will put a young player in, be they a first year pro or second year pro.
“And if they do what he asks them to do and perform, and if the team is successful with that player in the team, they will stay in there.
“He wouldn’t take a player out of the team because there’s a big name waiting to come in.
“If you’re performing and playing well, you won’t be overlooked, whoever you are.”
Midfielder Harry Middleton and defender Evan Finnegan in particular impressed in pre-season after penning professional terms.
Finnegan and fellow full back Jordan Binns will be well aware of the lack of defensive cover in Dickov’s squad.
Strikers Chris Whincop and Alex Peterson, along with midfielder Josh Meade, also signed professional forms this year.
First team coach Butler admits he is excited about the challenge of working in the Championship again.
The 26-year-old spent the last few months of last season at Blackpool after his release from Oldham in January.
He was offered the chance to stay on with Paul Ince’s coaching staff at Bloomfield Road but jumped at the chance to work with Dickov once again.
Butler said: “There was never any doubt in my mind once the offer from Paul [Dickov] came up.
“He’s brilliant to work with.
“He’s a thinker, he’s very tactical and he considers the decisions he makes.
“But you don’t want to get on the wrong side of him.
“It’s going to be a big challenge this season but we’re really looking forward to it.
“It’s well documented just how intense this league is.
“The volume of games in the league and the cups incredible and you’re asking the lads to play Saturday-Tuesday for weeks on end.
“It’s incredibly demanding both physically and mentally.
“But we’ve got a ot of good players here.
“There’s a great spirit built on the successful last season and winning the title in such dramatic fashion.
“They’re a joy to work with on the training ground.
“Working with the players out on the training pitch every day, I think we’re in a position where we’ll compete this season.”