Adam Armstrong ended the season among the goals, and by doing the double in Rovers’ end of season awards.

The club’s top scorer had already netted the Peter White Memorial Trophy for the best goal of the 2019/20 campaign, before following that up by being named as Rovers’ player of the year.

His goal on the final day at Luton Town made it 17 for the season, 16 of which came in the Championship, bettered only by six players across the division.

Fourteen of those strikes came in his final 28 appearances of the season in which he took on the responsibility of stepping up following the cruel injury to Bradley Dack in December which ended his season.

His stunning strike in the win over Cardiff City earlier this month was a deserved winner of the goal of the season prize, in which three of his eight long range strikes made the shortlist.

He also claimed second prize for his February strike against Hull City, but held off competition to claim the double, with only Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede having scored more goals in a Championship season than Armstrong since relegation from the Premier League.

While a fine personal season, Armstrong feels the team as a whole made progress, despite falling short in their quest to make the play-offs.

On an individual basis, his season will remembered for the long-range thunderbolts, his eight stunners from outside the box, but his productivity in the final third, and value, has rocketed.

Bought for £1.75m two summers ago, his value will be more than four times that now, but Rovers will aim to build an attacking frontline around the former England youth international whose game has hit new levels this season.

His ability to find space, knowing when to run in behind and when to receive the ball to feet, and his awareness and understanding has improved by the week.

A career in the Premier League looks likely, one he hopes to enjoy with Rovers.

He said: “To miss out on the play-offs with a couple of games to go was tough to take, but it’s been a positive year, we’ve finished higher than last year and we can look forward to next season now.

“As footballers, we want to be pushing for the play-offs and promotion – that’s every footballer’s dream.

“We had a taste of that in League One and I was lucky enough to come here and do that.

“The feeling when you get promoted is amazing and I can’t imagine what it’s going to feel like when you get promoted to the Premier League.

“We were disappointed (to miss out on the play-offs), but we want to look back on this season as a positive one from the season before and that’s all you can do.

“With the quality of the squad that we’ve got, it’s remarkably good, and hopefully next season will be the same.”

He made 48 appearances this season are more than anyone in the squad, and he added: “It’s been a really good season for me.

“I knew I needed to do that for myself and obviously for the team as well. I’ve been working hard this season, I worked hard in pre-season and got as fit as I could be, and I’ve done well, so long may it continue.

“After the season we had last year, I knew that I had to come into this season with a lot more goals and assists, and for the team to be higher up the league.

“I always feel confident around the box that I can score off both feet and I’m really happy to have scored the goals that I have this year and it’s helped the team get the three points in some games.

“That’s all I’m here to do, to score goals and create chances.”

He hit nine goals last season, the same number he managed in his 18 games during the League One promotion campaign.

But after reaching, and surpassing, double figures for the first time since his loan spell with Coventry City in 2015/16 under Mowbray, he added: “I thought last season the chances were there, I just wasn’t taking them.

“This year, I just seem to be taking them a lot better and a lot more, and creating more chances.

“As I said, I’ve been working hard from last season to really push on this season. I’m at a good age now where I can really kick on and keep performing.

“I’m still only 23 and you’re not in your prime until your late 20s. I’m playing well, I’m enjoying my football and it’s paying off on the pitch.

“Hopefully it can only get better and I can keep the performances coming and hopefully there’s a lot more goals to come.”

Elsewhere, John Buckley was crowned the club’s young player of the year following a breakthrough campaign.

The homegrown midfielder made 23 appearances across the 2019/20 campaign which included a last-gasp winner against Sheffield Wednesday in November at Ewood Park.

He backed that up with another in the February win over Charlton Athletic and has been tipped for a bright future by Mowbray.

The manager handed him his debut against Sheffield Wednesday in March 2019, having become a standout performer for the Under-23s, with his first Championship start coming against Millwall in September.

Lewis Travis meanwhile, a winner of last season’s young player of the year and in contention for the main prize, didn’t walk away empty handed.

The 22-year-old won the Peter Jackson the Jeweller Man of the Match award after an impressive campaign in central midfield.