'It's a conversation we've got to have' - Andy Butler on whether James Coppinger could change his mind over his future with Doncaster Rovers

Andy Butler says the door remains open for James Coppinger to continue his playing career with Doncaster Rovers.

By Liam Hoden
Monday, 5th April 2021, 6:00 am
Updated Monday, 5th April 2021, 7:43 am

The 40-year-old had indicated an intention to retire at the end of the current campaign but has recently offered hints that he may be willing to reconsider.

The absence of supporters from stadiums throughout the season along with his recent run in the side have both played a role in doubts creeping into Coppinger’s mind over his future.

And Rovers boss Butler says conversations will be held with the veteran to finalise his plans.

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James Coppinger with the question put to him by supporters over his future. Picture: Howard Roe/AHPIX

“James is enjoying his football and he’s getting stronger now he is playing more,” Butler said.

“It’s a conversation that myself, the club and Copps have got to have.

“There is no pressure from ourselves to rush the talks because if he wants to call it a day then he has every right to, there’s no pressure from us.

“It would be a shame, with the great service he has given to the club.

“It just shows with the fans donating for the advertising board, what they feel about him.

“And Copps feels the exact same back to them.”

Rovers supporters raised in excess of £700 to cover the costs of having a message on digital advertising boards at the Keepmoat for Friday’s defeat to Charlton Athletic.

The message to Coppinger said ‘thanks for the memories’ before switching to ‘one more year’ and appeared in both halves.

Coppinger had intended to make his 17th season with Rovers his final one, but has been less emphatic about that decision since his return to the side last month.


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