Good Copp is happy Rover

On the goal trail: James Coppinger has returned from a trek to Peru for charity.           Picture: Steve Taylor
On the goal trail: James Coppinger has returned from a trek to Peru for charity. Picture: Steve Taylor
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Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger is pleased to still be in South Yorkshire despite an offer from Championship rivals Ipswich Town.

Rovers turned down a £300,000 bid for the 30-year-old in May along with a £2.3million request for top scorer Billy Sharp from the Suffolk club.

Coppinger, who scored seven goals last term, said: “I can’t wait to get back and I’m looking forward to next season.

“I’ll be reporting to Doncaster on July 4 and I’m looking forward to it.”

Discussions between the player and Rovers chairman John Ryan have taken place since Coppinger’s return from holiday.

He said: “I came back and spoke to the chairman and we left it at that.”

Coppinger has just finished a charity trek along the Inca Trail in Peru alongside team-mates Mark Wilson and James O’Connor.

He was one of 10 volunteers from the club who walked to the lost Inca village of Machu Picchu to raise £50,000 for the Save the Children Fund and the NSPCC.

While it isn’t the normal preparation a professional footballer will go through before pre-season training Coppinger says will help when he reports back to the club next Monday: “It was tough, to be honest I thought it was going to be a lot easier. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

While Coppinger will be a mainstay in the Rovers midfield the club’s search for a left back continues.

Tranmere Rovers’ Aaron Cresswell is the latest to be linked to the Keepmoat Stadium after turning down a new contract at Prenton Park.

With Sheffield Wednesday’s Tommy Spurr yet to agree terms with Rovers it seems as though manager Sean O’Driscoll is keeping his options open before filling the problem position.

Assistant manager Richard O’Kelly confirmed that Rovers were aware of Cresswell’s availability.

He said: “We know about Aaron Cresswell. He is someone who came to the fore last season and has got better and better.

“I don’t like talking about other clubs players but Tommy Spurr seems surplus to requirements at Sheffield Wednesday and Cresswell is out of contract at Tranmere.”

Tranmere have already turned down an offer from a Championship club for 21-year-old Cresswell. They are entitled to compensation as he is under 24 years of age.

Ipswich and Premier League new boys Swansea are also believed to be interested.