Rovers boss Gary McSheffrey has challenged his players to prove they are the solution to fill the gap vacated by Lee Tomlin following his decision to retire from professional football.
Tomlin confirmed to McSheffrey this week that he would be retiring, with Rovers agreeing to cancel his contract by mutual consent.
With the 33-year-old moving on, McSheffrey said there is an opportunity there for his players to grasp and secure a regular starting berth in the team.
“Me and my staff just have to find solutions and we’ve almost done that in the last few games without Lee,” he said.
“It gave us an opportunity to put two up top and give George [Miller] a bit of help up there. Kieran Agard has come to the table and done well. Reo Griffiths is back fit and you’ve also got the likes of Aidy Barlow and Max Woltman that will be champing at the bit to replace Lee Tomlin.
“We find solutions, we find a new structure and it gives other players a new opportunity.
“That was another discussion that Lee brought to the table. He felt sometimes if he is not fit enough or his head is not in the right place, would he be standing in the way of good young players looking for an opportunity?
“You have to respect him for his thought process there as well.”
Tomlin joined the club in the summer, initially on trial before earning himself a contract.
McSheffrey thanked the veteran forward for his efforts during his time with Rovers, including the positive influence he brought to the rest of the squad.
“Lee has been terrific around the place,” he said. “His attitude has been spot on.
“He’s been a really good experienced pro to young players. In pre-season he was brilliant.
“He’s shown us some glimpses of magic.
“He loved it here. He was really enjoying it and loved training. He’s been great to work with.
“Going forward, we can move on and wish each other the very best.”