James Coppinger will be taking up a new role within the Rovers first team staff after hanging up his boots at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The new role will focus on the mental performance of staff and players from the Academy’s Professional Development Phase to the senior team and will allow Coppinger to continue to provide mentorship, advice, and guidance to players at the club. He will also be on hand to support the management team when required.
As well as providing support to the first team, the new role will also see Coppinger work with the club’s chief executive to create a structure and environment which will ensure players and staff can maximise their full potential.
Coppinger said: “For me, it’s a no brainer to be associated with the club and help the club be the best it could be.
“I know the club inside out. I know the league and the one above inside out. I know what it takes to be successful, and I also know what it takes to bounce back from disappointment. I genuinely want the club to do well. I’m looking forward to the next chapter with the club.”
“The support of Gavin Baldwin for me has been paramount in me staying at the club for the last few years. David Blunt and Terry have been unbelievable for me. They’re unbelievable people.
“They might not get the recognition they deserve but they run the club in the right way. They have the club’s interest at heart which, in the current climate, is hugely important.”
Gavin Baldwin added: “We’re all delighted that James has decided to continue his post-playing career at Rovers. We know that having his presence around has always been really important to the first-team and we’re really pleased that that will continue.
“We believe James’ new role will help everyone at the club improve and will see the Rovers continue to take positive strides on and off the field. We also believe it will make us one of the front runners when it comes to mental performance and help to make us an attractive club for potential players.”