Paul Dickov believes this summer’s trials and tribulations have helped bind his Rovers squad closer together.
Unity has been a key feature of Rovers squads over the last two seasons and Dickov believes it will continue to be strong in League One this term following a difficult summer which culminated in the collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s attempted takeover of the club.
But he insists he will not bang the drum about togetherness and let performances on the pitch do the talking.
“Everybody has always been together but this summer has brought everyone even closer together,” Dickov said.
“There’s a real determination to go out and be successful this year.
“You can use it to your advantage without going overboard and being a bit fake about it.
“I’m delighted with the group I’ve got at the minute in terms of attitude, how they train, how they play.
“The friendly against Sheffield Wednesday summed it up for me. We had a lot of kids in there and Cedric Evina was the oldest in the back four at 22. We went 2-0 down but dug in and got a result out of it.
“Things like that give players belief.
“As well as being together in the changing room, you want to make sure they’re together out on the pitch.”
Rovers last night completed the signing of Slovakia U21 international goalkeeper Marko Marosi.
The 20-year-old has signed a two-year deal after spending much of the summer training with Rovers following his release by Wigan.