'He's been unreal' - James Coppinger's praise for natural leader Ben Whiteman

James Coppinger is full of praise for Ben Whiteman for the leadership he has shown since becoming Doncaster Rovers captain.

By Liam Hoden
Thursday, 28th May 2020, 12:30 am
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 9:26 pm
Ben Whiteman
Ben Whiteman

Coppinger believes the leadership skills of Whiteman were a big reason why the senior squad recently agreed to defer part of their wages until matches are played in front of supporters once again, helping the club through an incredibly testing period financially.

Rovers’ all-time leading appearance maker is understood, along with Matty Blair, to have assisted Whiteman in creating a culture across the player group that allows such decisions to be taken.

“He’s that type of character,” Coppinger said.

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“He had the setback at 16 or 17 when he was released by Manchester United but he’s turned that into a positive and he’s gone from strength to strength.

“He’s constantly working on his game, he’s working hard in training trying to better himself, he’s flying in the running, he’s leading by example.

“I talk about it all the time but testament to his mentality. It’s not just about his football, it’s how he’s looking at things .

“I’ve no doubt that if things go well for him he’ll have a very good career.

“Ben being such a young lad and playing a massive role, for me it was about trying to help him, not overpower him or take control.

“He has to learn and understand along the way, and it’s part of his learning.

“He’s been unreal.”


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