Doncaster Rovers: Cotterill said no to more League One football

David Cotterill
David Cotterill

David Cotterill’s decision to snub an extended stay with Rovers was partly motivated by a lack of desire for League One football next season, the winger has revealed.

Cotterill secured an immediate move back to the Championship yesterday after signing a two-year deal with Birmingham City following the end of his Rovers deal.

While wanting to remain a second tier footballer, the 26-year-old also had a strong desire to move closer to his family in Cardiff.

The 26-year-old insists he has left Rovers on good terms.

“Doncaster wanted to renew the contract, I spoke to the chairman there and the manager actually rang me after my medical here and wished me all the best,” Cotterill told the Birmingham Mail. “It ends on good terms. They want me to do well.

“It’s just that I don’t want to go down to play in League One again.

“There has been interested from Birmingham for a while and there were a few other clubs.

“It was out of them or Birmingham but as soon as I knew of their interest I wanted to sign because it’s such a big club.

“Birmingham are a massive club. They get a lot of fans week in week out and it’s got great ambition as well.

“Being in the Championship and being closer to home made sense to come here.”

Cotterill became the third player to confirm his departure from Rovers in less than a week, joining Mark Duffy in signing for the Blues while Chris Brown joined Blackburn.

Rovers were understood to be particularly keen on retaining Cotterill’s services next season, along with James Coppinger and Richie Wellens. The winger finished Rovers’ League One title winning campaign as the top assist provider in the top four English leagues.

Cotterill hinted at a Rovers departure earlier this month when he took to Twitter to lay bare struggles in his personal life.

He tweeted: “The last four months I’ve been going through a divorce and the manager and my teammates have helped me get through the worst period of my life.

“Not being able to see my kids has been the biggest challenge of all.

“So fans, the management, staff and teammates, thank you.”