Evergreen James Coppinger says his three children have kept him young.
The 36-year-old Rovers legend signed a new one-year contract extension this week.
Ahead of today’s home clash with Morecambe, the club’s all-time leading appearance maker said he feels as fit now as he has ever done and that his three children - Finley, nine, Isaac, eight, and Phoebe, two - have been big factors in that.
“I think it’s fitness, it’s enthusiasm and I probably enjoy football more now than I did when I was younger,” said Coppinger, on the secret to his longevity.
“I’ve got two kids who are both into football and I’m teaching them the basics on a daily basis. So I can’t be preaching one thing and then not doing it when they come to watch me on a Saturday!
“The kids are definitely one of the things that has kept me motivated.
“For me one of the things people lose is that enthusiasm to get out of bed in a morning and go and train, and train again. When it’s not going right you can think to yourself ‘do I need to be doing this?’ But for me I’m still enjoying it - training and playing games.”
He added: “I’m a very active person in general. I built my own house three years ago - project managed the whole build.
“I’m on the move constantly and don’t have a second now with three kids. But even before my kids I was always active. That’s healthy, it keeps your mind active.”