James Coppinger received a commemorative shirt and watch from the club as a thank you for his 17 years’ service as a player.
Coppinger was presented with both by chief executive Gavin Baldwin ahead of a media meet the manager event held at the Keepmoat Stadium on Thursday afternoon. It was the first event Coppinger attended in his new mentorship role.
He spoke to the media about his place within manager Richie Wellens’ backroom staff and about how much he is looking forward to the next chapter of his time at Rovers.
“I’ll have a support role which helps the new manager, staff, players, the chief executive Gavin Baldwin and everyone at the club really,” Coppinger said.
“For me, being here 17 years and having success at this level, I’d like to think that I have a lot to offer, and I believe I can give something a little bit different.
“I’ve been mentoring players for the last five or six years around mental performance, which is a side of the game that people aren’t really familiar with. I’m grateful to the club for offering me this role and I’m really excited about what it holds.”