Reece James says Rovers’ performances against Sunderland last season helped entice him to swop the Stadium of Light for the Keepmoat Stadium.
The left-back moved to Rovers this summer, and said the way his new side performed against his former team-mates helped convince him it was the right move.
He said: “In both games I thought Rovers were a really good team who played attractive football, it was really exciting and was a big pull to bring me here.
“I’ve won the league twice and know what it takes, and was in the play-off final last year, I’ve not come here just to make up the numbers and finish in mid-table.”
James, who describes himself as an attacking-minded full-back, has been getting to know the rest of the Rovers players during the pre-season training camp at La Manga Club in Spain.
He added: “I’m settling in well and the lads have made me feel welcome, it has helped that we’ve come away to La Manga to spend some quality time together.
“You’re with each other every day, which is probably the best way to bond with everyone. I didn’t know many of the lads so it’s a really good way to get settled in.”
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