Date: 8th February 2018 at 7:11pm
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Doncaster Rovers record appearance maker James Coppinger says he plans to continue playing football next season whether it be at Doncaster or elsewhere.

The 37-year-old is set to make his 500th Doncaster Rovers league appearance against Charlton Athletic on Saturday in a career that has seen him play for the club since 2004.

Coppinger has made 563 appearances for Doncaster since he joined them from Exeter City in the summer of 2004 and he is out of contract in the summer.

The midfielder, who commutes from the Middlesbrough area to Doncaster admits he intends to continue playing beyond this season.

“There`s no reason why I can`t be playing football next season or won`t be playing football next season,” Coppinger told BBC Radio Sheffield.

“One hundred per cent I want to be playing football.

“I don`t wake up in the morning thinking ‘I can`t be bothered to go to training` or my legs are hurting. I feel fresh every single morning with a desire to get better and improve and help the team.

“Next season is definitely something that I want to be part of and hopefully fingers crossed something will happen.”

The midfielder has now made 685 appearances across his career since making his debut for Hartlepool United in 2000.

Whilst he has now spent 14-years at Doncaster, he admits he will still look to extend his career elsewhere if the club don`t offer him a new deal.

“I`d definitely look for another club,” Coppinger continued.

“I`ve said in the past it would be nice to finish here, obviously being here for that long.

“But things don`t always happen the way you want them to.

“For me I want to play football, I love playing football and I`m still enjoying football.

“I`m still doing as well as I have done in the past and there`s no reason for me to stop playing.

“If it`s not with Doncaster it will be with someone else and that`s just the way it will be.”

Coppinger is showing no signs of slowing down having already made 37 appearances for Doncaster this season.

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