LEWIS Travis admits he is still a student of the game but is learning off midfield ‘master’ Bradley Johnson.

The pair have been ever presents in the middle of Rovers midfield this season and are expected to line up alongside each other when Cardiff City come to Ewood Park tomorrow.

The 21-year-old has been key to manager Tony Mowbray’s plans ever since breaking in to the first team against Sheffield United last December.

But playing alongside Johnson – a summer recruit from Derby County – has proved invaluable for Travis who has progressed up through the ranks at Rovers.

“I played against him when he was playing for Derby last year,” said Travis. “I thought he was a quality player but having him in training has been great, it has been great to learn off him.

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“He was brought in to play and has massive quality and just to play alongside him and play in the Blackburn Rovers team has been great.”

He added: “When he first came, I thought he had bags of ability on the ball but he does a lot off the ball as well which is a positive for all of us.”

Travis is expecting a tough test against Neil Warnock’s side but playing against a team who were playing Premier League football last season is just another part of the learning curve for the young midfielder - and he is looking forward to the challenge.

“They are a massive club with great players,” he said. “Most of them have played in the Premier League and, with that, comes quality.

“But I think as a team, if we stick together and do what we are good at, we can win.”

After a tough start to the campaign following back-to-back defeats to Charlton Athletic and Fulham, two successive 1-0 wins over Middlesbrough and at Hull City on Tuesday have put Rovers back on track.

“I think there were lots of upsets in the first and second games,” Travis said. “But we have come away from it quite well and we have won back-to-back games and we can push on.

“It has been great from my perspective. I wanted to start most of the games and I have started all of the league games.

“We didn’t have a very good start but we have regrouped and hopefully we are on a run now.”

The midweek victory at Hull saw Rovers climb to 11th place in the early season Championship table - two points outside the to six - and one place above the Bluebirds with the two teams separating by goal difference.

But Travis says it is hard to call who will finish where this season.

“Any team can beat any team,” he added. “You have a couple of great teams and a couple of teams with Premier League players in but I think it will be a good season for us.”