The positive atmosphere at the training ground was assurance enough for Caolan Lavery to be convinced he had made the right decision to join Rovers.
The versatile forward signed an 18-month deal after leaving Scunthorpe United and said Rovers ticked all the boxes when he spoke to head coach Danny Schofield as he examined his options.
“I think it was the whole fit,” the 30-year-old said. “I’ve lived around the area for quite a while now so I know quite a bit about the club, where they’ve been and where they intend to go.
“The project when I sat down with the gaffer and Copps was good and I really look forward to get going.
“Sitting down with Danny was music to my ears. Everything he has planned and the way he wants to go about things is exciting and that’s what you want.
“You want to come into an environment that’s exciting and currently at the minute the boys are flying. I was at the training ground and everyone is in a good mood, which is all you want.
“It was difficult to leave Scunthorpe because I had a good time there personally. I wish them all the best.
“The chance to come back and play league football again - I was definitely not going to turn that down.”
Canada-born Lavery scored nine goals in 19 games for Scunthorpe in the National League, which attracted the attention of multiple suitors.
He put his good run of form down to hard work and striving for improvement.
“I’m constantly working on the game,” he said. “One thing you’ll always get from me is that I work on my game a lot and look to improve, whether that’s this year, next year or the following year.
“It doesn’t matter your age, you can always improve. I’ve been working hard on the training ground and things have clicked for me.
“I think I can add the experience. I’ve been promoted out of this league and I know what it’s like to do it. I’ve been in successful teams in the past, whether it’s this league or higher.
“I think my experience and my generally professionalism around the place can help.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United forward is looking forward to adding to Rovers’ attacking ranks and competing for a starting berth.
He said: “It’s what it’s all about - having numerous players in each position on the pitch, working hard on the training ground in order to play at the weekend.
“The competition is healthy and as long as it’s healthy it’s good.
“We’re not in a bad position in the league and not far outside where everyone wants to be.
“That’s a positive and hopefully we can keep working on what the gaffer wants us to do and hopefully more positive results are coming.
“I’ll work hard, first and foremost. I like getting in behind and scoring goals.
“I’m looking forward to it now. Hopefully I can do enough to make my debut at some point this weekend.”