Gary McSheffrey says he’s looking forward to leading Rovers forward after his appointment as the club’s first-team manager.
The 39-year-old was handed the role on a permanent basis following four games in caretaker charge throughout December.
He said: “Once we got the first goal against Mansfield, the feeling I got inside made me realise how much I wanted the job.
“Ultimately when you’re an interim it’s like every day is an interview in how you represent the club with everything you do.
“Obviously the board have been impressed with how I’ve gone about things, I’ve tried to be myself no matter who I speak to.”
McSheffrey is relishing the responsibility of being the man in charge, with his first league game as manager coming up against Morecambe on Sunday.
He added: “I can’t wait for the Morecambe game now, whatever has gone on in the past is done with now and we look forward.
“I know people will have their opinions, but it’s about being positive together and not letting outside noise get into the group.
“My focus now is on preparing the team for Morecambe, and going there to get a result we need.”