AUDIO: Doncaster Rovers: Mr Versatility Copps enjoying his new lease of life

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“I’ve played on the left, the right, through the middle, up front and right back this season – I don’t think I’ll be going in goal though.”

James Coppinger has certainly staked a claim for the Mr Versatility tag at Rovers this season.

James Coppinger has flourished as a makeshift right back

James Coppinger has flourished as a makeshift right back

But after taking to a makeshift right back role like a duck to water over the last three games, Coppinger may find it difficult to move out of his current berth.

“It’s strange being in that position but it’s two clean sheets on the bounce so I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

“I’ve never played there but the gaffer asked if I wanted to help the team out.

“I’d missed the Huddersfield game because my wife had just given birth. We won so I was getting set to bide my time to get back in the team.

“When he said he wanted me to play right back I snapped his hand off because I wanted to be part of the team and play every week.

“As long as I’m helping out, I don’t care where I play.”

Coppinger looks set to start his fourth consecutive game in his new role tonight when Rovers visit Burnley.

Three assured performances have resulted in plenty marking Rovers’ longest servant out as a future full back as his career winds down.

But he does not appear ready to leave the wing role behind just yet.

He said: “It’s a cliche but I play every game as it comes and see how it goes.

“To be put in this position at 33, learning new things every day is fantastic.

“It’s not dissimilar to playing on the wing but there’s the defensive responsibility.

“You just cannot switch off, you’ve got to be looking all the time, not watching and get into certain positions.

“I was a bit apprehensive before that first game but as soon as a game kicks off, as a footballer your mind switches off and you’re in the zone.”

After three wins and a draw in their last four games, Coppinger says Rovers should go to second placed Burnley brimming with confidence.

He said: “We can go there with no fear and hopefully cause an upset.”