DONCASTER ROVERS: Copps looks like staying

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THERE has been much speculation among Doncaster Rovers fans in recent weeks as to whether James Coppinger will still be at the club next season.

This time last year Ipswich valued him at £300,000 in a £2.6m package which included star striker Billy Sharp, now plying his trade at Southampton.

Tractor Boys boss Paul Jewell again expressed his interest in Coppinger when the two teams met at the Keepmoat Stadium in the last game of last season.

But Coppinger, who signed a new three-year contract last summer, told The Star late last week that there had been no enquiries since the club’s relegation to League One.

“It has been very quiet this summer,” he said.

“I don’t think clubs want to pay player’s wages out of season and there are a lot of free signings out there.

“I haven’t heard anything but you never know what is going to happen in football. But I would think the odds at the moment are on me still being here next season.

“It certainly wouldn’t bother me if I stayed here and helped try and get the club back into the Championship.

“League One is a tough league but if I were to still be here, I’d be hopeful that we’d do well.

“But at this stage no-one knows who is going to be here at the start of the season so it is hard to say how we will do.

“But I’m sure that whoever is here they will be trying to do their best for the fans who stuck by us last season even though we didn’t win many games.

“As I say, League One won’t be easy, but hopefully we’ll win a lot more games.”

He added: “I’m just looking forward to the start of pre-season training on Friday.

“As you get older it gets harder so I’ve been ticking over during the summer and I’ve been doing about three fitness sessions a week,

“I love tennis and had a game against Greenie (Paul Green) in Derby recently.

“I’ve had a fantastic break this summer - after doing the Inca Trail walk last year which was hard - and it has been good to get away with the family on a couple of breaks and forget about what happened last season and re-charge my batteries.”