No sooner had confirmation come through of Kasey Palmer’s departure from Rovers, he was snapped up on loan by Bristol City.

Just as he did last summer, Palmer has switched loan club’s midway through the season, as per Chelsea’s usual protocol with their loan players.

Palmer made one of his 10 Rovers starts in the September defeat at Ashton Gate, and will return to Ewood Park with his new loan club next month.

Robins boss Lee Johnson was delighted to secure the signature of the 22-year-old until the end of the season, and is expecting big things of his new loan player, his third from Chelsea.

He said: “I’m delighted we have been able to sign Kasey Palmer on loan from Chelsea until the end of the season and it’s great to get this done so early in the window.

“Kasey is a very good player who can play through the middle and out wide; he can create openings as well as score goals and I’m excited about what he can bring to our squad.

“We’ve got 20 scheduled league games left, plus the FA Cup, and Kasey will be able to help us continue the momentum we have built.”

Palmer scored three times for Rovers, once in the Championship, and played 17 times in all competitions.

He was due to spend the whole season with Rovers, but saw that cut short to allow for the move to City.

The good form of Bradley Dack meant Palmer was mainly utilise in the wide areas, or indeed up front as he was against Preston, but when speaking to the official website of his new club, made it clear his preferred position.

“My preferred position is playing centrally behind the striker, in an attacking role and hopefully create and score goals to help the team go and reach the play-offs,” Palmer said.

“We’re nine unbeaten at the minute, five points off the play-offs so hopefully I can get as many games as possible to help the team with goals, assists, play well and add something.”