In Jamie Sterry, Rovers have secured a player aiming to make as significant impact off the pitch as he will on it.
Manager Grant McCann says the right back is determined to continue his excellent work in the community that was a hallmark of his time with previous club Hartlepool United.
Sterry was nominated for the PFA Community Champion award earlier this year, having raised more than £1,500 for a foodbank and regularly attended Pools’ disability football group.
And Rovers’ own community work was part of his conversations with McCann when deciding whether to join the club.
“He’s massive on community work and there’s no better club for him on that,” McCann said. “I’ve spoke to him about the work that goes on behind the scenes at this club, the Family Excellence award.
“He’s got a young boy. He’s massive in the community and he’s done so many things in terms of food banks and stuff like that at Hartlepool.
“He’s very keen to do that here and get himself right into the community.
“One of the things he has spoken about already is moving down here as soon as he can with his family. That’s huge for us as well because it gives him the chance to do things like that while also concentrating on his football, which is the main thing.”
Sterry signed a two-year contract to become McCann’s third signing of the summer.