Lewis Travis believes the remaining games are a chance to audition for a place next season as he aims to continue his impressive progress.

Travis looked set to leave on loan to further his development in January but has gone on to complete 90 minutes in 19 of Rovers’ next 21 games.

He caught the eye again in the 2-1 victory over QPR on Good Friday, winning the penalty from which Danny Graham scored, and has become a first choice pick in central midfield.

Having featured in just five of Rovers’ opening 24 matches, it has been some turnaround for Travis, but the man himself always had faith he could make an impact on the first team stage.

He said: “We just play every game as it comes and don’t worry about anything else.

“We are building for next season, and especially for myself, I just need to keep working hard to get in to the team next season.

“Having just broken in that’s what I’m thinking of.

“I thought I did well in parts the other day, it wasn’t a game for getting the ball down and playing but I felt I played my part.”

Travis was part of the squad who travelled to Austria in pre-season last summer, the first time had been away with the first team squad.

And having played such an important role in the final months of the season, he doesn’t now have to come back in pre-season and impress manager Tony Mowbray as much, given his performances for Rovers.

He added: “It’s been great. I was looking like going out on loan but this is what I’ve been working for since I was a kid.

“This was always my main goal and I’m happy.

“It’s better to be playing in front of the gaffer in his team and to show him what I can do.”

Rovers are looking to play more with the ball as time goes on, with work on the training ground focusing towards that.

Mowbray has favoured the 4-2-3-1 formation during his time in charge, with Travis employed as one of two holding midfield players.

He broke from that position to win the 22nd minute penalty at QPR, having gone close to his first senior goal in the win over Derby earlier this month.

And the former Liverpool youngster says adding an attacking threat to his game will only make him a more rounded player.

“Everyone knows, the gaffer knows, I can play the defensive midfield role but if I add goals and assists to my game then I can go further,” the 21-year-old said.

“We play with two sitting midfielders so at any opportunity one of us can break forward.

“My main job though is to keep the ball circulating, look for Dacky (Bradley Dack), Arma (Adam Armstrong) and (Joe) Rothwell because they are the dangermen.”

Rovers are quickly back in action, hosting Bolton this afternoon (3pm) who were relegated back to League One following their defeat to Aston Villa last time out.

Mowbray has hinted at possible rotation given the work Rovers put in at Loftus Road in the warm Good Friday weather.

On whether that, or Bolton’s plight already being confirmed, could play a part in today’s game, Travis said: “Maybe, but I think they will also be working for next season.

“It was a shift from start to finish in the heat.

“Everyone knows hard how it was and how hard the boys worked to come out with the win.”