Coppinger set for Exeter move
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Darlington ace has failed to make the breakthrough at Newcastle and the club are willing to let him go.
Coppinger still had one-year to run on his deal with The Magpies, but the club have allowed him to leave.
With Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy Carl Cort, Shola Ameobi and Lomana LuaLua plus young prospect Michael Chopra all at the club, Magpies boss Bobby Robson is clearly not short of options in attack.
The 21-year-old has spent part of the last two seasons on loan at Hartlepool and impressed at Victoria Park.
Grecians boss John Cornforth is a big fan of the striker having seen him in action for Hartlepool and he is determined to bring him to St James Park.
Meanwhile, midfielder Paul Buckle has left Exeter to join non-league side Aldershot Town on a free transfer.
Buckle spent three years with The Grecians, making over 100 appearances, and the 31-year-old expressed his gratitude to manager Cornforth.
"Aldershot Town got in touch with Corny", Buckle told the club's official website.
"Originally he said that I wasn't available as I was still part of his plans but then he decided that they could talk to me.
"I was impressed with what they had to say and went away for a couple of days to think it through. It wasn't an easy decision to make as I have had a good time at Exeter but it seemed like the right time to leave.
"Corny then went to the new owners to ask if I could have a free transfer and they agreed. I would like to wish everyone the best of success, and say thank you to Corny who has been brilliant and for whom I have much respect."