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Boss praises Coppinger

9 February 2018

Darren Ferguson has paid tribute to James Coppinger's willingness to keep learning, as the captain approaches his 500th EFL game for Doncaster Rovers.

Coppinger scored on his 499th EFL appearance last weekend at Portsmouth, and Ferguson believes he should be proud of what he has achieved with one club.

He said: "James has achieved so many different milestones at this football club which is a credit to him, he keeps going and going and has done well again this season to play so often.

"He's one of the things you think of when someone talks about Doncaster Rovers, that's how I felt when I managed against him and he's had the longetivity in his career by looking after himself.

"He prepares well and manages his body between games, he still enjoys his football and has progressed over the past 18 months - we've had lots of conversations about getting the best out of him."

Ferguson says the younger players in the squad look up to Coppinger, taking tips from him on how to live the life of a footballer both on and off the pitch.

He added: "His attendance in training and matches is very very good, he works well with the younger players and they ask him questions as well which is pleasing to see.

"I enjoy having general football chats with Copps and i think we both benefit from that, to have good senior professionals at a club is always important."

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