James Coppinger: ‘I’ll find it hard to walk away from Doncaster Rovers’

James Coppinger
James Coppinger

James Coppinger admits he will find it hard to walk away from Doncaster Rovers and could be swayed into taking up a coaching role with the club.

The 34-year-old winger - whose 11 years at Rovers will be celebrated at today’s ‘Legends’ game - was asked by the Free Press where he sees himself in ten years’ time.

Coppinger says he is open-minded about going into coaching and remains fully focused on his playing career.

“I’d like to think I’ll still be involved in football and with Doncaster,” said Coppinger.

“To be at a club for that long, you can’t just walk away I don’t think.

“Last pre-season [when I was out of contract] it was tough for me because I thought that was going to happen.”

He added: “Looking at the other side of football - the coaching and managing side of things - it’s probably something that’s in me but I’m an all-or-nothing type of person.

“I’m giving my all as a player at the moment and I can’t dip in and out of something.

“I want to give everything I can to the playing side and, until that day comes when I can’t play any more, I can’t really say what I’m going to do.”

Coppinger is also convinced that Rovers can aim high in the future.

Asked where he sees the club in ten years’ time, he said: “For Doncaster I genuinely believe we can get to where we were - even higher - with the backing of everybody in the area and the people in charge of the club.

“It’s a club I’m very proud of and hopefully we can get back into the Championship, if not the Premier League.”

Tickets are available on the turnstiles for today’s ‘Legends’ game.