As the season once again rears its head, there remains a few unanswered questions in Rovers’ quest to strengthen their team, writes Tom Schofield.

Mowbray is yet to strengthen a central defence, one of the summer window’s priority positions. It isn’t for lack of trying though.

Missing out on Cedric Kipre was a blow; the former Motherwell man was a pivotal figure in Wigan’s end of season form and would have been an excellent addition to the Rovers’ defence.

As disappointing as it was to lose out on him to West Brom, I can’t blame the player himself. Any professional footballer wants the opportunity to play at the highest level and that is exactly what West Brom has been able offered him.

Through that disappointment though are some promising signs. Derrick Williams put in a steady performance against Brendan Rogers’ Leicester side, while youngster Tyler Magloire did no harm in staking his claim.

Mowbray will still be looking for a central defender to partner Lenihan this season, as he should, but having options outside of that is vital even if Derrick Williams is sold.

The coming season is key for Mowbray, a decent season last year ended with a whimper and football is a cruel game. A similar season this year and fans will fear stagnation, some will want change.

Rovers start their season with a trip to the south coast, taking on recently relegated Bournemouth. It’s a tough start, but one that could really build confidence.

A winning start against one of the season’s favourites would be a big boost as we look for our first opening day win since 2010.

One game of course doesn’t make a season, but how good would it be to check Twitter at 5pm and see confident and happy Rovers fans excited for the season ahead.