An uncertain start to the 2016/17 League One season saw Rovers look to strengthen at the heart of the side and Hiram Boateng arrived on Transfer Deadline Day.
There had been speculation in the media about his imminent arrival, Rovers supporters being excited as he had impressed when Rovers drew with Plymouth at Home Park in September 2015.
Young Player of the Year at Palace in 2012/13 and 2013/14, Boateng had made his first League start as a substitute for Yohan Cabaye against Swansea City in February 2016, having first appeared in the FA Cup against Stoke City three years earlier.
A loan game for Crawley against Stevenage preceded a pivotal spell at Plymouth, whose seasonal aspirations appeared to hang on his form. A goal against his former side, Crawley, helped ease the Pilgrims to a promotion play off final and Boateng played at Wembley as Argyle lost 2-0 to AFC Wimbledon in May 2016.
Having participated in Palace’s 2016 tour of the United States, in which he played in three games, he arrived at The Mem on loan until 2nd January 2017.