Danny Schofield admits he was impressed by the hunger of Caolan Lavery as he contemplated signing the forward.
Canada-born Lavery has signed an 18-month deal with Rovers after leaving Scunthorpe United, where he scored nine goals in 19 games in the first half of the campaign.
When meeting with Schofield and head of football operations James Coppinger, the 30-year-old laid out his desire to return to a higher level.
“I think the experience he has as a footballer is big,” Schofield said. “We met him and had a chat and got a really good feeling for him as a person first and foremost. He’s really hungry to progress and play at a higher level.
“He’s 30-years-old so he’s got a good number of years still to compete.
“He’s pretty much ready to go. He’s played 19 games, he’s scored goals and he’s fit and ready to jump on the pitch and compete straight away.
“I think he’s got really good attributes that will complement the rest of the squad.
“He’s a real professional who dedicates his life to football. He wants to get better and improve.
“He’ll be an example to the younger players of what it takes to play at that level, play for a number of different clubs and score goals. I think it’ll be a positive impact on the other players straight away.
“I speak about balance quite a lot - balancing the squad in terms of experience, capability and adaptability. It’s very important to me and Caolan will certainly add to that.”
Schofield is looking forward to Lavery and his fellow January signings potentially making their Rovers debuts at Mansfield Town this weekend.
Todd Miller, Ben Nelson and James Brown have all been made to wait for their first appearances following the postponement of fixtures against Crawley Town and Tranmere Rovers.
“It’s been frustrating to have the games postponed because I feel as though the lads are in a good place,” Schofield said. “The new recruits have bought into things really quickly.
“It’s important now to play games but we’ve taken the positives out of the situation and been able to have more intense days on the training pitch, getting the messages across and integrating the new players into the squad even more.
“We’re ready to go now.”