IN the reception of the magnificent Jack Walker Stand at Ewood Park there is an international honours board featuring the players who have represented their countries while playing for Rovers.

From Bryan Douglas to Alan Shearer, and from Tugay to Roque Santa Cruz, the names roll off the tongue.


And come the end of this month another name could be added to it, one which may not be as illustrious as the ones above, but one which has to signify where the club has to go in the future.

If Adam Henley wins his first Wales cap in their crucial Euro 2016 qualifier against Israel, it would be reward for the way he has recovered from the injury setbacks that threatened to blight his promising career – and for the way he has emerged a stronger person and player for them.

But what would make Henley’s international bow even more special would be the fact that he is one of Rovers’ own, a player who has rose through their ranks and is now an established member of the first team.

Now the difficult and demanding challenge the club face is producing more Henleys.

That challenge, of course, has always been there.

But never before has it been more important, certainly the longer Rovers remain in the Championship and remain constrained by Financial Fair Play.

And, after the defeat to Brentford, it would be appear the club is set for a fourth straight season outside of the top flight.

Not that I am writing off Gary Bowyer’s side’s chances completely.

I was not alone in doing just that after they went down to Norwich three weeks ago.

But I was ready to eat my words at half-time on Tuesday when the gap to the play-offs was down to just five points.

Ultimately the problems that were evident during Rovers’ damaging run of form directly before and after Christmas – slack defending and wayward finishing – resurfaced and they were made to pay the ultimate price.

But there is no question they have improved since the Canaries loss.

Victory over Brighton on Saturday would make it four league wins out of a five in a month in which they also kept their dreams of FA Cup glory alive with that memorable showing at Anfield.

And few have been as impressive for Rovers across what has been a relentless March than Henley.

The 20-year-old is a great example to the youngsters at Brockhall who are attempting to follow in his footsteps.

It is imperative that the production line which Henley has stepped off – and which has slowed down in recent years, another consequence of the way the club was being run – continues in the future.