TYLER Magloire fulfilled an 11-year dream when turning out for Rovers in their win over Wigan Athletic.

The 20-year-old arrived at the club aged nine and, having signed a contract extension last month, marked his progress with a first team debut. He was part of a three-man defence that helped Rovers to a first clean sheet, and victory, in eight matches.

And a delighted Magloire said: “I have been dreaming about this since I signed as a nine-year-old. I’m absolutely buzzing.

“A win and a clean sheet is more than I could expect for my debut.

“A clean sheet has given everyone a boost and the three points definitely. We all felt we needed it.

“The lads were amazing out there, helped me feel comfortable and settled. I can’t thank them enough.”

The central defender, captain of the Under-23s team, was withdrawn from Damien Johnson’s group for their game with Brighton on Monday as Rovers’ injury worries in defence became apparent.

But he admits it was something of a surprise to be thrust in to the senior team from the start.

“We went through a bit of shape work on Monday and I was in the starting line-up. I was a bit surprised,” he added.

“I got a bit of sleep. Luckily it was a later game so I could sleep most of the day. I was just excited to get out there and do it.

“I felt like I was ready and just wanted to get out there and do it.

“I’m glad it’s over, the first one out of the way, and hopefully it’s the first of many.”

Magloire was given an excellent reception by the Ewood crowd, one of four Academy graduates in the starting line-up.

“It was a great experience with the fans. They came out to support us and full credit to them,” he said.

“They are a part of it and helped us to get the result.”