Kieran Sadlier says he is learning a lot at Rovers as he reflects on the differences between the English game and the Scottish and Irish game.
The Ireland Youth International joined Rovers from Cork City. He had such an impact during his two seasons with the Irish club, they recently voted him into their team of the decade but Sadlier admitted that he has had to do a lot of learning since arriving in Sky Bet League One.
“I’m really enjoying my football and the way we work on the training pitch and the environment we are in. I enjoy working hard, I enjoy learning new things,” he said.
“When I was over in Ireland - and Scotland before that - it wasn’t really about game plans, it was just about playing. Obviously I’m 25 now, and I’m learning things like game plans.
“It’s not about doing loads of running, it’s about being cleverer about your positioning – I’m learning that as I go along and the staff here are really big on that. I feel like I’m learning and improving.
“I think a lot of boys make the mistake of coming to England and they just take the first club that comes their way. They end up not playing much, and drifting down the leagues.
“I came over here and chose a club that I could really push on and progress in and it’s worked so far. I’m really enjoying my football here.”
Sadlier is Rovers’ leading goal scorer this season but the winger feels the defensive side of his game in particular has come a long way.
“The defensive side of my game is something I’ve always wanted to work on,” he added.
“When I came through the academy, defending wasn’t something I was working on as much but now I’m learning that. I know when to press and when to cover – those are just concentration things.
“When I watch my performances back now, it’s good because I can see that I’m starting to do that naturally.”