Sam Gallagher is relishing the competition at Rovers and hopes he can kick on after the international break.

Gallagher’s start to the season was impacted by a knock picked up during pre-season but he started the last couple of games at Harrogate and Plymouth.

The towering forward is eager to nail down a place in the side as he aims to build on last term’s eight-goal tally.

“You want momentum whatever position you play in, and especially when you are through the middle and your job is to score goals,” he told The Lancashire Telegraph.

“You want to be out there as much as possible and when one goal goes in, it is always easier to get the second. Hopefully, now I can get a bit of form going into the next few games.”

Gallagher is one of the more experienced members of Jon Dahl Tomasson’s squad following the departures of Daniel Ayala and Thomas Kaminski over the summer.

The 27-year-old is embracing the extra responsibility on his shoulders this season and hopes he can set a good example to the club’s young talent.

“At other clubs you have some real senior figures who are coming to the end of their career and have seen it all,” he continued.

“We maybe don’t have that at the moment, so the boys who are 27 and 28-year-olds are having to come together and figure it out on our own. But I think we are all enjoying it and it is helping us as well.”

Summer signings Niall Ennis and Arnor Sigurdsson have both made progress in their respective recoveries from injury.

Semir Telalovic is also keen to get started after arriving at Ewood Park on Deadline Day from German club Borussia Monchengladbach.

“Me and Niall have played together in a few games and I think we have caused a few problems when we have done,” Gallagher stated.

“It is a shame he picked up a little knock that kept him out of the last couple of games. Hopefully, me and him can cause a few more problems together soon.”

Rovers have tended to have a higher win ratio when Gallagher has been in the side over the last couple of seasons, but the forward is keeping his feet firmly on the ground as he aims to keep improving.

“I saw those stats lingering around last year. It is great to be a part of and great to have a bit of recognition in that way,” he said.

“Whether it’s a little bit of luck, I don’t know but whatever it is I’m doing, I will keep doing it.”

Gallagher has scored two goals in five appearances so far this season, getting off the mark against Hull before providing a cool finish at Harrogate.