Tony Mowbray will fly to India in the coming days to meet the owners and discuss plans for next season.

Mowbray, along with other members of the club’s hierarchy will head to Pune as Rovers look to finalise their budgets for the 2019/20 campaign. The Rovers boss is keen to learn the ambitions of the owners, having stated his attention to try and challenge for a top six spot.

Rovers have already worked hard to identify prospective targets for next season, with Mowbray and members of the recruitment team having travelled across Europe to watch players in recent weeks.

Budgets have been drawn up but will be rubber-stamped during week-long meetings, with Mowbray travelling to India for a third successive summer.

He said: “I hope, with some additions, we can challenge higher up the table than we did this year.

“I have to go to India, talk to the owners and ask about the ambition and budget.

“I think we could do with some help coming in, the extra bit of knowhow, quality and experience within the ranks, wouldn’t go amiss.”

Mowbray has made no secret of his desire to strengthen his squad this summer, one which finished 15th in the Championship with 60 points.

Rovers will look to bring in players to improve the starting line-up, having focused last summer of moulding a squad able to take the club forward.

Their upcoming transfer business is expected to see more experience arrive, with the spine of the team the target, with a goalkeeper, central defender, central midfielder and striker among the manager’s wishlist.

What level of budget he has to work with will be confirmed during the talks in India, though Mowbray and chief executive Steve Waggott are in regular contact about what the likelihood of that is.

Mowbray added:“The bringing in of experience will help us win games and help the lads who are currently here, to grow and develop faster and understand various aspects of the game better.

“While I do think the experience we have here, with the likes of Danny Graham, Charlie Mulgrew and Corry Evans is vital, we do need some fresh blood that can help us take that extra step forwards.

“We have to wait and see from now on, because it’s all well and good saying it, before I’ve even gone to India.

“It’s hard to sign good footballers because when you’re out, either in Britain or in Europe, watching them, there’s always someone else who knew about them first, as I saw when I went to the continent and loads of other teams had sent their scouting department to look at players. We’ll just have to keep working hard and wait and see where we are come the start of pre-season.”