Enjoying a wonderful break-through campaign in 2018-19, Travis showed discipline out of possession when needed but also tenacity and the kind of tough tackling that endears himself to natives.
In January 2019, he had the strength of character to play at the Den – which can be an intimidating place – and be one of the stand-out players in a 2-0 win for Blackburn.
Travis’ ability to support the press is vital not just in a defensive sense, but also in terms of catching their opponents out of their natural defensive shape and thus finding those pockets of space in which Bradley Dack can do damage.
Travis appears to be building on that strong campaign this term, guided by Damien Johnson – last season’s Under-23s manager who has been promoted this summer to the first team coaching staff and must, surely, see parallels with how he once was as a player for Blackburn and Birmingham.
Even before Rovers secured back-to-back 1-0 wins over Middlesbrough and Hull, he had been one of the bright spots; he was the home side’s best player in the 2-1 opening day loss to Charlton.
At Hull, Travis showed a willingness to put his body on the line to block Jarrod Bowen’s shot at a crucial stage.
He picked up a minor injury in the process yet battled on gallantly, which is testament to his commitment to the cause.