Lewis Travis has faith that Dan Butterworth will take his chance when it comes his way.

Butterworth had loan interest from EFL sides during the summer window but was kept around the squad and has made four appearances off the bench this season.

That included a cameo against Hull City last month which helped turn the game in Rovers’ favour, but opportunities have been hard to come by since.

Travis endured similar frustrations when trying to break into the side in the first half of the 2018/19 season, but has been a mainstay since. The midfielder saw a loan move fall through in the summer of 2018, but benefited from staying around the first-team scene, and believes there will be a similar outcome for Butterworth.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: “I’ve had a word with Dan, he’s got more than enough to play in this team, he’s an unbelievable player and I think he’ll get his chance and he’ll take it.

“Three years ago I was pushing to go out on loan because I wanted to play games and it didn’t end up materialising, but I got my chance here by sticking around.

“You can see there are more players to come through, the Under-18s when they come and train with us they more than hold their own and it’s a really good time for the Academy.”

Butterworth’s chance could come soon after the international break, with Sam Gallagher struggling with a hamstring strain and Ben Brereton set to miss the visit of Coventry City on October 16 due to his international commitments with Chile.

He was in line to make his Championship debut in September, had Brereton been ruled out of the Luton Town visit, only for Rovers to reach a resolution with Chile.

Travis passed 100 Championship appearances for Rovers last month and has since taken on the captain’s armband in the absence of Darragh Lenihan.

The 23-year-old captained the side at Huddersfield Town and Blackpool, with manager Tony Mowbray feeling that extra responsibility would help take Travis’ game to the new level.

For the man himself, he feels it has been a smooth transition into becoming a first-team regular, and wants to continue leading by example.

He added: “The transition has been good. I’ve always thought of myself as someone who can lead with my performances on the field.

“We have got a good group of lads here who are wanting to push each other which is good.”

Travis feels that team spirit will be key to Rovers’ chances of a successful season, and sees a young and hungry squad striving to give their best.

He added: “We all want the same thing, we all want to progress to the next level, all the lads get along and it’s a good place to be. We feel we’re heading in the right direction.

“The young lads that are training with us every day they are waiting for their chance, just as I was, and if it does come to it and they are needed to step in I’m sure they would do a very good job.”