Doncaster Rovers: Coppinger signs on for more

James Coppinger
James Coppinger
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James Coppinger’s brief Rovers exile is over after the veteran midfielder signed a new contract with the club.

Coppinger has penned a new two year contract with the club and will be due a testimonial as part of his deal.

The 33-year-old’s ten year stay at the club looked to be over last week following the collapse of John Ryan and Louis Tomlinson’s takeover attempt.

Coppinger himself said he would not be returning with the club not in a position of offer him a new deal following the end of his contract.

However, in a dramatic about-turn Coppinger was offered fresh terms last weekend and is likely to see out his career in Doncaster.

Coppinger’s return has hinged on James Husband’s departure to Middlesbrough which has boosted the coffers at the Keepmoat.

A trainee with Darlington, Coppinger joined Newcastle United for £250,000 as a 17-year-old but made just one senior appearance as a substitute for the North East giants.

He moved to Exeter in 2002 before being snapped up by Rovers two years later.

Coppinger has made 406 appearances for Rovers so far.