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Coppinger preparing for emotional afternoon

8 May 2021

James Coppinger says he’s prepared for an emotional afternoon when he takes to the field for the final time against Peterborough United this weekend.

The Rovers legend will make his 695th and last appearance for the club on Sunday, after 17 years of service.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to it, I’ve done a few interviews this week and I’m the type of person who doesn’t want fuss but I know it will be emotional.

“I don’t think you can prepare for it, I don’t know anything different because I’ve been playing football for so long.

“I’m excited for what is next, I want to enjoy the game on Sunday and then switch my focus to life after football.

When asked about the longevity of his career, Coppinger put it all down to hard work every single day.

He added: “I’m not somebody who’s in the gym everyday and eat all the right things, but when I train I give it everything and I work hard.

“You can go through the motions sometimes but I’ve never done that, and I believe that is why I’ve played until I’m 40.

“I’ve grown with the club and experienced so many highs and lows, it’s meant everything to me to have that bond with everyone here.”

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