Doncaster Rovers: Andy Butler is new club captain, James Coppinger team captain

Andy Butler has been appointed as Doncaster Rovers' new club captain.

Thursday, 4th August 2016, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:26 pm
Andy Butler

Rovers stalwart James Coppinger remains as team captain.

But boss Darren Ferguson has been impressed by Butler’s organisational and communication skills and has decided to reward the 32-year-old defender.

“The captain is James Coppinger and I’ve never thought about changing it really,” Ferguson told The Star.

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“If it’s not broke, don’t fix it. Let’s just leave it as it is.

“What I will do this season is, because we haven’t had a club captain, I will make Andy Butler the club captain with James as team captain.

“Andy has gone to a different level with how he’s organising people and how he’s talking.

“He’s definitely improving as a player, even at his age. It’s irrelevant to me that, you can always improve. He’s taking on board the responsibility.

“He’s a local lad and it makes sense to make him club captain.

“He’s now coaching with some of the younger age groups at the club which I think is important. He’s a really good example.

“I like the lad and I think he’s done well,” he added.

“Despite the fact we had the relegation, I think towards the end of last season he was one of those who showed real character and determination.

“I think there’s still improvement in him.”