Jon Dahl Tomasson says Rovers couldn’t be fitter as he credited the role of performance director Ben Rosen.

Rosen arrived alongside Tomasson and has been tasked with getting the players up to speed for the new season.

Rovers have mixed up their squad for pre-season, with 19 players in all completing at least one 90 minute outing.

Tomasson continued that theme for the final two friendlies, but says he is clear in his mind about his starting XI for the opening day.

That is expected to include new signing Callum Brittain who made an instant impression, setting up Bradley Dack’s goal in the 1-0 friendly win at Lincoln City.

No player featured in all five friendlies, with five involved in four of the matches, as Tomasson rotated his squad.

And looking ahead to the new season, he said: “I don’t think you can be fitter than we are at the moment. I can say to the supporters that you will get a side that will work very hard for them.

“Like them, we only want one thing and that is to be successful with this traditional club.

“We have had a good pre-season programme, Ben Rosen has flipped it around and done a tremendous job.

“The players are ready to work hard for each which is important.”

Rosen arrived alongside Tomasson and filled the void left by Liam Mason who left his role as head of athletic performance to join Newcastle United.

He worked alongside Tomasson at Malmo as well as within the Danish national team, and has been key to the pre-season preparations, with the friendlies having been organised prior to Tomasson’s arrival.

Rovers get the new season under way against QPR on Saturday, with Tomasson believing he has his starting line-up in mind.

That won’t include Bradley Dack, despite his goal at Lincoln, as Rovers look to get more minutes into the legs of the 28-year-old who didn’t feature in the first four friendlies.

The majority of the team picks itself, with the one decision set to be whether it is Ryan Hedges or Jack Vale who partners Tyrhys Dolan, Ben Brereton and Sam Gallagher in attack.

Meanwhile, Rovers will hold an open training session at Ewood Park today, with supporters invited to attend from 10am.

Supporters will get the chance to see the squad in action, with autograph signing sessions to take place afterwards.

Looking forward to the event, Tomasson said: “We work hard and we will train an easy session on Monday and try to start that connection.

We would like to sign an autograph for every person that is there. We can’t manage that but hopefully we will get them signed throughout the season.

“Hopefully, we will get that connection because it is important. The first home game we will try and get that connection, the ping pong between the fans and players. They give us power and energy.”