Jake Garrett has made the most of his Cup opportunities this season - and is determined to prove he can also make his mark in the league.

Garrett was on target against Walsall in the first round and also scored the opener in a dominant 8-0 win at Harrogate.

The midfielder made his senior debut in August 2022 and went on to make 13 appearances in all competitions last term.

Garrett says he has learnt a lot over the past year and hopes he can kick on in the coming weeks and months.

“It has been good,” he said. “Obviously, there have been ups and downs but there have been loads of games I have been involved in.

“I’m getting more experience, I don’t want to be known as one of the young lads anymore. I have settled in and can hold my own in that midfield.

“The past year has taught me a lot, especially the downs. That is where you learn the most.

“When I’m on the sidelines and not playing, it is about being patient and working hard every day to get myself back in the thoughts to get on the pitch.”

The 20-year-old admits being out of the team can be challenging but insists that learning to be patient is part of his development.

“I am a bit of a hot head as you can see on the pitch,” he smiled. “But I am learning about being patient.

“We have got a really good squad here and my position is a really competitive one at the minute.

“It is about working hard every day and doing what the gaffer wants. But also when I get opportunities like (Harrogate), I have to play well and take my chance. Hopefully, then I will be in the manager’s thoughts for the league games.”

Garrett provided a couple of ruthless finishes against Walsall and Harrogate, and the youngster is keen to contribute more in the final third.

“I have been working on it in training, getting around those areas in the box,” he continued. “I want to give more to the team and not just be that person who will run around and put a tackle in.

“I want to score, get assists and help the team as much as possible. Hopefully, I can kick on and really help the team.

“When the goal went in (against Walsall), I have never felt anything like that before. Hearing the crowd, it was unbelievable and a moment I will never forget. It makes me want to get more goals and experience, it is exciting.”

Garrett scored a penalty in the memorable win at West Ham last season and is optimistic Rovers can have another good cup run this term.

“West Ham away was one of the best nights for me so far, playing in stadia like that in front of all the fans,” he recalled.

“It is something I want to do again this year and gain that experience in the cup. Hopefully, we can go on another good run.”