At this stage of the season it is often just as interesting to see the names not involved, as it is those that are, not least after Tony Mowbray revealed decisions had already been made on players’ futures.

While the manager insisted that wasn’t behind the decision to leave out Bradley Johnson and Stewart Downing, there still felt more of an element of planning for next season than previously.

It was an approach Mowbray took last season.

For the final two matches loanee Tosin Adarabioyo didn’t feature, he along with Downing, Danny Graham and Dominic Samuel all dropped from the side despite having started the previous three.

Hayden Carter was given his first senior starts, Joe Rothwell more of a prominent role, while Ben Brereton was also brought back into the starting line-up.

Corry Evans started in central midfield and Amari’i Bell at left back against Huddersfield, areas of the pitch where Rovers’ options include fellow out of contract players, or loanees.

Evans started in his more favoured central holding role, and read the play well to stop a number of counter-attacks, and continues to be a trusted player of the manager, started six of the last 10 matches he's been available for.

Taylor Harwood-Bellis was the sole loanee to start, and while Mowbray’s hands are tied when it comes to central defensive options at present, meaning a repeat of the Adarabioyo situation is unlikely. And there are other distinct differences, which offer hope this may not be the end they’ve seen of Harwood-Bellis.

Firstly, this is the first loan of the 19-year-old’s career, one which started in January, rather than last summer.

Equally, Adarabioyo was coming into final year of his City deal, and approaching 23, as well as having completed two full seasons of Championship football.

Results aside, Harwood-Bellis has spoken highly of his time at the club, an introduction to first-team football he has long craved, and only 19 days before signing for the club, he has plenty of time on his side.

As City continue to dominate domestically, and also becoming a big player on the European scene, the prospect of breaking into their first-team plans next season would be a tall order.

Already Premier League interest has been reported, but Rovers would be well placed should the opportunity of a further year in the Championship become an option.

They will likely recruit a centre half in the summer, with Ayala having played just nine times in an injury-hit campaign, Wharton unlikely to be back in training until September at the earliest, while Mowbray will cast his eye over Hayden Carter in pre-season.

The 22-year-old will return from a fine loan spell at Burton Albion, but there could be a prospect of a similar move next season should Rovers wish for him to follow a similar path to Wharton.

And having settled in well alongside Darragh Lenihan, and with only improvement ahead of him, Harwood-Bellis would be a fine acquisition for 2021/22 should the stars align.