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15 July 2020

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James Coppinger commits to his 17th and final season in red and white hoops after putting pen to paper on a new one-year deal.

The midfielder was a vital part of the Rovers team last season registering the highest number of assists in the squad and more key passes than anyone else in the division as he helped the club climb to within striking distance of the play-offs before the season was curtailed.

Coppinger has always been there for the club in the big moments - whether it’s registering a hat-trick in 2008, tapping the ball into an empty net in 2013, or scoring to start a comeback against local rivals in 2019 – and in July 2020, he has done his bit again by signing another one-year deal to help support Rovers through the most difficult time the club has faced financially since Coppinger joined in 2004.

The 39-year-old has said that 2020/21 will be his final showing for Rovers and he intends to play a big part in the season ahead.

“It was inevitable that I would come back. It was just whether Doncaster were willing to offer me a new contract and there was something on the table,” he added.

“I’m confident I will do all I can to be involved like I did last season in training and playing to prove to the manager that I’m still available and I can still do what he wants me to do.

“I’m really positive about going back and I’m really looking forward to it.”

COVID-19 cut off income overnight. Staff and players have been taking pay cuts and deferrals and fans have been waiving their refunds to help keep the club afloat. Coppinger has done his bit by signing up for another season to help the club through one of the most challenging times it has faced.

Fans can support the club by donating via the #IRSWT donation scheme – you can find more about that by clicking here.

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