MK Dons believe they have signed one of the most promising 22-year-old goalkeepers in the country after landing Andrew Fisher on a permanent deal.

Fisher ended his nine-year association with Rovers on deadline day as the League One side agreed a permanent deal for the Rovers Academy graduate.

The ‘keeper made his first Rovers appearance in three years in the Carabao Cup win over Doncaster in August and was on the bench for the opening four Championship fixtures.

However, with Rovers further bolstering their goalkeeping ranks with Aynsley Pears and Antonis Stergiakis, providing competition for Thomas Kaminski, that opened the door to allow Fisher the opportunity to leave.

Initially it was thought that would be in the form of a loan move, but out of contract next summer, MK Dons took the opportunity to sign him on a permanent deal.

Fisher had finished the season on loan with MK Dons, having started it in League Two with Northampton Town, and despite not making an appearance for Russell Martin’s side, they were keen to get him back when the opportunity arose.

Lee Nicholls has started all six League One matches this season, but goalkeeping coach Dean Thornton was delighted to add Fisher to his stable.

He told his club’s website: “We’re delighted to bring Andrew back to the club.

“He was a massive part in us doing well in second half of last season so we’re pleased to have him here on a permanent basis.

“We believe he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the country at his age. He has his whole future ahead of him and with our style, he suits down to the ground.

“He will be a big addition to the goalkeeping department, as well to Russ’ team.”

Fisher played all three of Rovers’ Checkatrade Trophy games in 2017/18 and also spent time on loan at FC United of Manchester, as well as being a regular in the Under-23s.

He was elevated to second choice after the departure of Jayson Leutwiler in the summer, but the permanent signings of Pears, aged 22, from Middlesbrough, and Greece Under-21 international Antonis Stergiakis, pushed him down the pecking order at Ewood.

Fisher was quick to thank the club for their work with him after joining aged 13, but believes he’s got the opportunity to further his career at Stadium:MK.

He wrote on social media: “After an amazing nine years it’s come time for me to move on and kickstart my career.

“More importantly I’d like to thank the club, staff and fans for all the support they have shown me over the years and to make me the goalkeeper and person I am today.

“On another note I’m extremely excited to start a new chapter in my career at MK Dons and I can’t wait to get started.

“It’s been a pleasure.”