DONCASTER ROVERS: Hull linked to Coppinger

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The future of Doncaster Rovers’ long-serving winger James Coppinger is uncertain.

The fans’ favourite started the 3-0 kick-off day win at Walsall due to the fact that manager Dean Saunders had already finalised his team thinking that he may move on the eve of the match.

“We’ve had some contact with Hull City but nothing has been agreed and I don’t know if they are going to go through with it,” he said.

“I hope we don’t lose him because we’d have a better chance of promotion with him. But we have to cut our cloth accordingly, and if we do (lose him) we have to move on.”

Despite Saturday’s flying start Saunders is keeping his feet firmly on the ground ahead of tomorrow night’s home game against Bury.

“One swallow doesn’t make a summer,” he said after the success at the Banks’s Stadium.

“We knew that they were a good football team and that they would have a have a lot of possession and we felt that if we tried to press them too high up the pitch they might just play through us. “So we let them have it (the ball) in their own half and tried to do them on the break, and that’s what we did. We worked hard and scored three great goals.

“David Cotterill showed a bit of a class; it was a bit like David Beckham’s goal against Wimbledon all those years ago.

“He saw the keeper of his line and there’s only a few players who can do that. He’s got that bit of quality in his bag.

“Kyle Bennett dropped his shoulder and cut inside and floated it over the keeper. It was a great goal and similar to the goal he scored against Barnsley last season. They were both great goals but I felt the first one, scored by Chris Brown, was the best.

Despite the impressive start against the Saddlers, Saunders says that there is more to come.

“We are still gelling together and I would have been happy just to win the game,” he said. “I didn’t care how we played as long as we got the result.

“We’ve got a big game tomorrow night at home and hopefully the fans will get excited and we’ll get a good crowd and we can pick up another three points.”

Despite signing midfield trialist James Harper, described by Saunders ‘an experienced player and a good character’ on Friday, Rovers were still only able to field five substitutes with Paul Keegan sitting the game out with a hip injury.

“We are going to have to bring in more players,” said Saunders.

“I’ve got some players lined up that I’d like to bring in who would help balance the squad a little bit.

“We had four defenders out on the pitch and James Husband was the only other one with Shelton Martis still out injured.”