Jacob Davenport believes a move to Rovers was the right decision to make, despite a difficult first season at Ewood Park.

The midfielder had to wait until the season finale against Swansea City to make his debut having struggled with hip and groin injuries since arriving from Manchester City last summer.

The 20-year-old agreed a long-term deal with Rovers, but has found opportunities restricted because of injuries, becoming a regular for the Under-23s of late.

But after getting his chance as a first half substitute against the Swans, Davenport is hoping for a brighter outlook next season.

“I think it’s definitely the right decision to make,” Davenport said.

“The manager has given young players a go and now it’s my opportunity to try and get in the team on a regular basis next season.

“It’s a young side, everyone is eager to get on the pitch and that’s only helping the competition and making the team better.”

Davenport joined Rovers in the second week of pre-season and was a regular in the summer fixtures before injury struck at Accrington Stanley in July.

It has been a long road back for the left-footed midfielder who is looking forward to a break away, but knows hard work lies ahead.

He added: “I think the mental side of things, getting away from it for a bit while be good.

“But I won’t be taking that much of a break because I’ve been out all season.

“I’ll have a week or so and then work towards getting ready for pre-season.

“I want pre-season to come around and try and get as sharp as possible and then try and stay injury free next season.”

Davenport’s arrival midway through the first half coincided with the Swans’ best spell.

Tony Mowbray felt Davenport grew in to the game, and the midfielder added: “It felt like that. It was a tough 20 minutes.

“I think it took me a while to get in to the rhythm of the game but once I did that I felt I did okay.

“The gaffer wants us to be aggressive and on the front foot and that’s what I try and do.

“And in the second half I thought we deserved more.”

And he went close to a winner when his dipping 25-yard effort was well saved.

“It would be perfect had that gone in. As soon as it left my foot I thought it was in, but the keeper made a good save.”