The confidence and calmness Thomas Kaminski exudes hasn’t gone unnoticed, but neither has the positions he takes up when Rovers have the ball.

Averaging 46 touches a game, and with the highest long pass success rate of any of his team-mates, Kaminski’s skills have extended far beyond keeping the ball out of the net.

A late consolation at the weekend denied him his sixth clean sheet of what has been an impressive start to life between the sticks at Ewood Park, form that has twice seen him called up to the Belgium national team.

Kaminski’s ability to play outside of his penalty box was a key reason behind Rovers’ decision to bring him in from AA Gent for £450,000, a fee which is already looking something of a bargain.

But the 28-year-old admits just how far from his 18-yard box he is playing is a key component of what has been asked from him.

“I have been used to joining in with the ball possession and to help in the build-up, I’m used to it,” Kaminski said.

“They’re asking me to play a little bit higher here, to be like a spare man in the building up, and it’s worked out well up to now.

“But I’m used to having the ball at my feet which has helped me out a lot.”

Asked whether that’s down to a previous life as an outfield player brought a smile to his face.

“I was a striker when I started my first year, but I wasn’t very strong and kept falling down which is maybe why they put me in goal,” he joked.

“I used to play a lot with friends as an (outfield) player which has helped me.”

Goalkeepers have found Tony Mowbray a tough man to please previously, but the Rovers boss has been impressed with what he’s seen from Kaminski who has spoken in glowing terms of his relationship with his manager.

Kaminski was one of a trio of new goalkeepers brought in this summer, alongside Aynsley Pears and Antonis Stergiakis, and working under coach Ben Benson, he added: “I’m enjoying every minute so far, I came to a really good club in my opinion.”

The club’s  new No.1 is yet to play infront of fans at Ewood Park, but a first taste of playing with fans present will come at Brentford on Saturday, an experience he’s looking forward to.

Fans have made their feelings known to Kaminski through social media, however, adding: “I have had a lot of messages from the fans, it was a warm welcome for me and I really appreciate it.

“If we talk in Belgium about England then we talk about the fans and supporters and it’s a pity that I can’t experience it now.

“They have explained the situation a little bit to me with Tier 2 and Tier 3 and how it’s going so I’m looking forward to it.”

Kaminski believes he has boosted his international chances with a move to England and is targeting a successful season with Rovers in a bid to achieve his dream of playing in the Premier League.

And with the squad Rovers have assembled, and the position they find themselves in, he feels that has to be their aim.

“I think it has to be the goal to be successful. In the Championship we need to take it game per game and be ready every game,” he said.

“Every game is really intense, a fight, everyone can beat anyone in this league in my opinion. The intensity is higher than I’m used to but I have adapted really quickly and am enjoying it.

“If you watch back the Barnsley game they were not high up in the table but played really well, very organised, they caused us a lot of problems in the beginning and the end of the game.

“We need to be ready, but the good thing is everyone is nearly back from injury and I think if we’re all together and the squad is fit we can have a really good season.”