JACOB Davenport is determined to make the most of the clean slate that comes with pre-season.

By his own admission, the Rovers midfielder did not have the season he hoped for on arriving at Ewood Park from Manchester City 12 months ago.

The 20-year saw injuries limit him to just one appearance, that not coming until the final day 2-2 draw with Swansea City.

Davenport came on in the 28th minute for Elliott Bennett and largely impressed having picked up a hip problem last pre-season before tearing his groin in November, which ruled him out for three months.

Now though, he is determined to catch Tony Mowbray’s eye and enjoyed the training camp in Austria ahead of the first friendly at Barrow this Saturday.

“I’m ready and feel fit after working hard over the summer months,” Davenport said.

“Last year wasn’t the season I wanted. I knew I had to work hard this summer and keep the fitness levels high. I feel good and ready to go.

“I have built my strength and power up during my season out and feel almost as strong and fit as I’ve ever felt.

“It’s a big season for me. I want to make sure I’m in the team during pre-season, to give myself the best chance of starting the real season in the side.

“Pre-season is a clean slate for everyone and that’s a good thing for all of us.

“I’m tired after the tough week in Austria, but I feel good after the week we’ve had, we’re all raring to go.”

Davenport is excited by the lone new arrival at Ewood Park, experienced former England winger Stewart Downing having been picked up after leaving Middlesbrough.

The 34-year-old, who doesn’t link up with the squad until Monday due to a prearranged commitment, will likely play a role in helping to bring along Rovers’ younger players and could feature in a similar position to Davenport.

“Stewart has come in and has played for England,” the former Burton Albion loanee told the club website.

“He’s a similar player to me in that he is agile, left footed and can play central midfield.

“He’s certainly a great signing for us and I’ll be looking to learn off him during his time here.”

Davenport signed a four-year contract on his arrival last summer.