Gregg Broughton is pleased that Rovers have built a reputation as a desirable place for Premier League clubs to send their top prospects.

Andy Moran and James Hill both arrived at Ewood Park this season, joining from Brighton and Bournemouth respectively.

The pair already have made 14 appearances between them, with Moran scoring a brace in the 5-2 victory against Cardiff in the Carabao Cup.

Broughton says Jon Dahl Tomasson’s attractive brand of football played a key role in landing both players.

The director of football believes top flight clubs are taking note of Rovers’ track record for developing youngsters.

"We went to the loan list and James was always our number one choice,” he told The Lancashire Telegraph.

“We had to move quickly, we knew none of the loan central defenders would be available until the last week of the window.

“James had played for Bournemouth in the Premier League and they weren't prepared to let him go. We kept in communication with them and him and Andy at Brighton.

“They loved our playing style, Jon's playing style and what we do as a football club in terms of developing players and our history and heritage.

“We were always first choice for both the players and the club to get them over the line.”

Despite his youth, 21-year-old Hill has already shown his leadership qualities since heading to East Lancashire.

“We have seen with James that he is a player with 70 senior games, already played in the Premier League and played for England Under-21s,” Broughton continued.

“Taking away all that, we played a behind-closed-doors game against Rochdale, it's his voice you hear.

“His leadership, he's barking out orders to the midfield and defence. He is showing great attributes as a young leader.”

Meanwhile, Rovers have launched a special ticker offer for their upcoming home games against Cardiff and Swansea.

Cardiff come to town this weekend as Tomasson’s side aim to build on their emphatic victory at Queens Park Rangers before the international break.

Swansea make the trip to Ewood Park a week later and Rovers are keen to get as many supporters in the building as possible for both fixtures.

Prices for a double ticket start at £40 for adults, £32 for over-65s, £24 for under-23s, £16 for under-17s and £10 for under-12s.

Fans can purchase their tickets via the official club website, in person at the Roverstore or through the ticket office phone lines on 01254 72000. It is worth noting that under-12 tickets must be accompanied by an adult.

Tomasson’s men currently sit 17th in the Championship table, having taken 13 points from their opening 11 league fixtures. However, they are only three points behind 11th-place West Brom at this stage.