Highly rated Northern Ireland defender Michael Smith became the eighth summer signing for manager Paul Buckle, putting pen to paper on a two year deal in June 2011.
Other clubs were interested in signing the right back, most notably Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock.
Michael, who is half Canadian, joined IFA Premiership side Ballymena in a £5,000 deal from Ballyclare Comrades in 2009.
The 23 year old, who has completed a Sports Science degree, and adapted well tom his first season playing in England and training on a full time basis.
Strong in the tackle and a player who likes to get forward, he made a number of substitute appearances on the right of midfield during the campaign.
A Northern Ireland Youth International, Michael is being tipped to receive a full cap for his country in the future.
Michael made his Rovers league debut on the opening day of last season.