Callum Brittain hopes he has a few more crosses like the one he produced on his first outing in a Rovers shirt in his right boot.

Brittain played the second half of Rovers’ final pre-season friendly, two days after joining from Barnsley, and came up with an excellent assist for the only goal of the game.

It was his cross which Bradley Dack headed home, with Rovers fans hoping there is more like that to follow from the 24-year-old.

Brittain is expected to be Rovers’ first-choice option down the right flank, having previously had success in the Championship with Barnsley, helping them reach the play-offs in 2021.

He was eager to stay in the Championship after their relegation last term, and was keen to push for the move to Rovers once he became aware of the interest which spanned back to the January window.

“I hope I have a few more assists like that in my locker, it’s not a bad way to start,” he said.

“Getting some minutes under my belt, getting to know the lads on the pitch, it’s the best way to settle in.

“I’m really excited to be amongst the lads and it seems as if we have a really good group here.”

Brittain met with Tomasson prior to his signing and believes the philosophy of the head coach is one that will suit his style of play.

The Barnsley team under Valerien Ismael in 2020/21 was built around a high-intensity, pressing game, but Brittain believes Tomasson will favour building up attacks from defence, rather than the more direct approach at Oakwell.

He added: “Getting to know the way the gaffer wants to play, I’m excited for the season to start.

“The gaffer is a really down to earth person, he’s really approachable and wants us to work hard.

“The intensity is there in training, he wants everyone to press, to play quick football with one touch or two touches, that’s what you can expect from us this season.

“Barnsley’s football was quite basic in the style we played, putting pressure on the other team, getting up the pitch fast and then pressing when we lost the ball.

“It’s similar to here, but this gaffer wants to play more football and that suits me to a tee.”

Brittain has clocked up over 80 appearances in the Championship having signed for Barnsley in 2020 from MK Dons.

His first season couldn’t have gone much better, Barnsley’s rise up the table to finish in the top six one of the main stories of the Championship season.

Yet it was a contrast in the last campaign, Barnsley going through two different managers on the way to relegation to League One.

Brittain impressed in the game at Ewood in December, one Rovers won 2-1, but he admits it was difficult to maintain his level of performance in a struggling side.

“Last season was a very disappointing campaign, there were things that happened that I can take and put in my backpack to be a better player,” Brittain explained.

“When all the boys around you are struggling, it’s hard to pick yourself up and create a positive atmosphere.

“I thought the move to Rovers suited me down to a tee really. The way the gaffer wanted to play, it’s also a massive club, the facilities are unbelievable and it felt like the right place to make my next step.”

Brittain is expected to make his debut when Rovers get their Championship season under way on Saturday against QPR.

Rovers had Brittain as a long-term target in their quest to replace Ryan Nyambe who turned down the offer of a new deal to sign for Wigan Athletic.

“I was aware of the interest in January a little bit, but it intensified in the last couple of weeks,” he added.

“I knew they wanted to do something and I pushed it as much as I could.

“I can’t wait to get out there at Ewood and I’m excited to do that in front of our fans.”