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Captains pen new deals

31 January 2017

Rovers team captain James Coppinger and club captain Andy Butler have signed one-year contract extensions to keep them at the Keepmoat Stadium until the summer of 2018.

Coppinger has been at Rovers since 2004, and holds the club record for appearances. He said: “I never thought I'd be here 13 years on, but I feel in really good condition - I feel better than when I was younger, which sounds a little silly - but I am enjoying it and offering something to the team.

 


“I've played 40 games a season for the past 16 years, and in pre-season I was as fit as anybody in the team, so it's looking good for the next couple of years. I have as much hunger now as when I was 21, if not more.”


With Rovers sitting top of Sky Bet League Two, this has the potential to be a memorable campaign for the club. For fans favourite Coppinger, the bond with supporters has been key to that success.


He added: “The fans have been superb home and away this season. It is important as a player to give them something to shout about, this season has been the best in terms of how close the players are with the fans.


“We need to be proud of being part of Rovers, because it's a special club and when people are proud of their club, it tends to bring success.”


Doncaster-born Butler feels particular pride to be club captain of his hometown team.


He said: “It’s great to be part of this club because it is going places now, everyone has bought into what the gaffer is trying to do.


“I'm a Doncaster lad so it's brilliant for me. The club is on the up and going places, and I'm proud to be part of that. Everyone has bought into what the gaffer wants.


“I'm proud to be club captain. Copps is team captain, but everyone is captain really and takes on their fair share.”


To see these two in action in our next Sky Bet League Two game against Morecambe, call the Box Office on 01302 762 576 or purchase online at tickets.clubdoncaster.co.uk


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