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James Coppinger happy to stay at Doncaster Rovers

Doncaster Rovers James Coppinger
Coppinger scored seven goals last season.

Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger says he is happy to stay at the club despite interest from Championship rivals Ipswich Town.

Rovers rejected a £2.3m bid for top scorer Billy Sharp and a £300,000 offer for the 30-year-old, who scored seven goals last season, from Ipswich in May.

Coppinger told BBC Radio Sheffield: "I'll be reporting to Doncaster on 4 July and I'm looking forward to it.

"I can't wait to get back and I'm looking forward to next season."

Coppinger was on holiday when Ipswich made their bid to Rovers chairman John Ryan.

"I came back and spoke to the chairman and we left it at that," he added.

It was tough, to be honest I thought it was going to be a lot easier

James Coppinger

The former Newcastle United midfielder has just returned from a charity trek along the Inca Trail in Peru alongside team-mates Mark Wilson and James O'Connor.

Coppinger 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.

"It was tough, to be honest I thought it was going to be a lot easier," he said.

"It was a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it."



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Doncaster reject 2.3m Sharp bid
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