Defender Shane Blaney is hopeful a switch to full-time football will pay dividends after completing his move to Rovers from League of Ireland side Finn Harps.
The 18-year-old has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal, and started training full-time with his new team-mates on Monday January 15.
He said: “The aim is just to get as fit and strong as I can using the facilities here and put in the hard work. If I keep working hard I can eventually get into the first-team.
“I’m working with the fitness coaches now, then hopefully I can get a few games for the Development teamed show the gaffer and the lads what I can do.”
The centre-back made one start for Finn Harps and has a handful of substitute appearances to his name, and says the County Donegal side have played a significant part in his development.
He added: “They played a big role, from going from my hometown clubs to Finn Harps was a big step up as well, going from the Donegal league to the League of Ireland.
“The coaches there, Joe Boyle and Declan Boyle, and the manager Ollie Horan, were all brilliant with me and I can’t thank them enough.”
Blaney's move is subject to international clearance.