Willem Tomlinson is keen to 'showcase' his talents after joining League Two side Mansfield Town.

The central midfielder was released from his contract at Ewood Park six months early last week to enable him to get a permanent deal elsewhere out of the transfer window.

The 21-year-old was expected to join Exeter City, who he trained with in December, but the Stags stole a march on their promotion rival by agreeing an 18 month deal with Tomlinson.

He left Rovers having made 10 first team appearances, but benefited from his time at the club.

“I learned a lot (at Blackburn). When I signed we were in the Premier League. We were sturdy in the Championship and that’s when I started coming through,” he said.

“I came through the season we got relegated, making my debut against (Manchester) United.

“We went into League One but came straight back up, and I was in and around that squad all season.

“I saw what it was like to win. The lads wanted to win every day. I saw what it was like to get promotion and I was lucky to be involved in it.

“It’s been a frustrating season so far. I’ve not really been involved in the (Blackburn) first team and made just one appearance.

“Since October I’ve been wanting to get out to go and showcase what I can do at another club.”

On the move, Tomlinson told the club website: “I’m delighted to be here. I just couldn’t turn it down. It’s such a good move for me.

“I had a chat with the gaffer and he sold it to me. He told me that we just want to win here, and that he wants to develop players.

“I fully believed everything that he had to say and I can’t wait to get started. We’re in a good position to get promoted and I want to be a big help until the end of the season to secure it.”