Paul joined the Rovers during the summer of 2005 with manager Dave Penney breaking the clubs transfer record by spending £125,000 to secure his services.
He had started out with Notts County where his impressive goal scoring record led to a move to Bristol City for £150,000. He found opportunities at Ashton Gate limited however, leading to his move to South Yorkshire.
An out and out striker, Heffernan’s game developed throughout his stay with the Rovers and, already an excellent finisher and goal scorer, he added an increased work ethic and ability to hold the ball up and bring others into play, to his game. Surprisingly quick, he displayed a habit of finding space in the box and regularly delivered important goals for the club. Often going a few games without a goal, he’d burst into life and find a goal scoring run of form.
He played a big part in Rovers excellent Carling cup run in 2005, notably scoring with a super finish against Aston Villa. Indeed it was cup competitions where Heffernan arguably found most success for the club and made a huge contribution to the victory in the Johnstone’s paint trophy in 2007. Heffernan scored two goals in each of the two legs of the semi-final win against Crewe, including a nerve wracking penalty which proved crucial and had to be retaken. Heffernan proved his goal scoring instincts by smashing the re take home in much the same fashion as he had the first. He was also instrumental in the final, recovering from injury for the game; he set up Jonathon Forte’s early opener before running through to fire home a superb left footed drive himself as Rovers raced into an early two goal lead.
He missed the League One Play off final at Wembley through suspension having been sent off in the semi-final; however he was to play a pivotal role in the clubs survival in the Championship the following year. His brace at Nottingham Forest on Boxing Day helped Rovers to a 4-2 win that set the club on the run which lifted them off the foot of the table and to safety, with Heffernan scoring 10 league goals in the second half of the season, with him finishing the clubs top scorer once again.
His goals guaranteed him as a fans favourite and when he left for Sheffield Wednesday in the summer of 2010 after five years with the Rovers, it was with everyone’s best wishes. In total, Paul played 127 league games for the Rovers, scoring 36 times and made a total of 160 appearances for the club, scoring 54 times.