James Husband has completed his transfer from Rovers to Middlesbrough.
The 20-year-old has moved to the North East in a deal believed to be worth £500,000 which has seen striker Curtis Main head in the opposite direction.
Husband sat out Sunday’s friendly with Sheffield Wednesday after an offer from Boro was accepted by Rovers.
He held talks with the Championship outfit on Monday with a medical taking place yesterday.
A delay over a scan pushed the deal back but it was finally rubber-stamped on Wednesday afternoon as he signed a four-year contract.
Boro head coach Aitor Karanka told the club’s website: “We are delighted to welcome James to the club. He is a young player we believe has a very good future in the game.
“He’s a good footballer and has all the things we look for in a young player. We wish him every success here at Boro.”
Husband will join up with fellow former Rovers left back George Friend who moved to the Riverside two years ago to the day.
Though he began his footballing career at Leeds United, Husband graduated from Rovers’ youth set up, quickly marking himself out as one-to-watch with a string of strong performances for the U18 side.
Ironically, he made his senior debut for Rovers away at Middlesbrough in April 2012 as then-boss Dean Saunders looked to hand him game time following relegation to League One.
He made 40 appearances the following season as Rovers won promotion back to the Championship, scoring three goals including a vital late winner away at Bournemouth towards the end of the season.
Last season was blighted by a three month spell on the sidelines due to an injured shoulder but Husband made 30 appearances for Rovers.