GOALKEEPER Andrew Fisher admits a loan spell away from Ewood Park could aid his development after agreeing a contract extension with Rovers.

Fisher started all three of Rovers’ Checkatrade Trophy ties and has been rewarded for his good form with the Under-23s with a new deal through to the summer of 2019.

He became the latest of Rovers’ young guns to agree new contracts following Ryan Nyambe, Scott Wharton, Willem Tomlinson, Joe Rankin-Costello and Dan Butterworth in extending their stays at the club.

Having been a regular for Damien Johnson’s Under-23s side, the 19-year-old admits the chance to go out on loan could be an option for him in January, but he’s grateful for the chances he’s been given so far.

He said: “The gaffer's put his faith in me in the Checkatrade Trophy games and I just want more whether it be getting games here or going out on loan.

“I didn’t expect to get too much first team football so it’s been important to grab those opportunities when they come around.

“These experiences are massive and you need to get games under your belt as early as possible. It’s hard at the moment being third choice and it’s difficult for the gaffer to let me go out on loan just in case Jayson (Leutwiler) gets injured.”

David Raya, himself having agreed a new deal earlier this year, has started all 15 of Rovers’ League One fixtures, with summer arrival Leutwiler featuring just once, the FA Cup win over Barnet last week.

And Fisher admits he has learned a lot from working alongside the pair and goalkeeping coach Ben Benson.

“I’ve had so much support from the coaches and the likes of David and Jayson. Both are really good 'keepers, they help me along and we all want each other to do well,” he told the club’s official website.

"I’ve trained with David for a few years now and he’s really helped my game so much by telling me things and giving me tips.

“I’ve been taking bits of David’s game into my own. We’re friends on and off the pitch and get on really well.”

Fisher conceded just twice in his three Checkatrade Trophy outings, only to see Rovers eliminated at the group stages.

But ‘delighted’ to sign his new deal, Fisher is looking forward the next stage of his development at Rovers.

He added: “This is the best club for me and it’s really worked well since I came here at 14.

“I remember growing up seeing the first team and dreaming of being there and now I’m training with the first team every day. Being a footballer is the best job ever really.”