Danny Graham says his role as the elder statesman at Rovers is one he is enjoying.

At 33 Graham is the club’s most senior striker and hopes to play a part in the development of the likes of Ben Brereton, Adam Armstrong and Joe Nuttall.

The striker has started 12 of Rovers’ 16 matches so far this season and feels the younger options available to Tony Mowbray have helped him improve his own fitness levels.

Graham has 531 career appearances to his name, scoring 158 times, and hopes that experience can help the likes of 19-year-old Brereton and 21-year-old Armstrong, who are seen as the long-term striking options for Rovers.

“Everyone knows what the group of players are like at this club, they all want to help each other,” Graham said.

“Everyone wants everyone to do well.

“I’m enjoying being the older centre forward and passing on my wisdom to the young players who have a lot of potential.

“Hopefully they can listen and learn and I think Ben can play a massive part from now until the end of the season.”

Brereton has found starts hard to come by at Rovers since joining from Nottingham Forest. The initial loan deal will be turned permanent in January for a fee in the region of £7m.

Brereton has yet to start a league game but made a telling contribution off the bench in Saturday’s win over QPR, winning the penalty which Bradley Dack dispatched to hand Rovers all three points.

Mowbray revealed that for now he sees Brereton’s opportunities coming on the wing, and Graham believes that the teenager’s impact off the bench will give him a confidence boost.

The former Sunderland man revealed that he speaks with the England youth international on a daily basis to offer advice.

“I think it is what Ben has needed,” Graham said of Brereton’s impact last weekend.

“I don’t think he’s found it tough, but he’s found game-time tough and not being in the team as much as he would have liked.

“He’s come to a new team and he wants to learn, I have conversations with Ben on a daily basis, trying to help him and guide him in the right direction for how he wants to be a footballer.

“I’m delighted he won us the penalty that won us the game on Saturday.

“Hopefully he can kick on from here now.”