Quakers want Coppinger back
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hodgson was the boss who sold the forward to Newcastle United for £250,000 before Coppinger had even appeared in the Quakers first team.
Coppinger's career has barely taken off in the ensuing five years and he joined Exeter in the summer of 2002 but could not save the club from dropping into the Conference.
The 22-year-old has not been prolific for The Grecians, scoring just twice in 16 appearances this term, but that has not deterred Hodgson.
The Darlington chief is a huge admirer of Coppinger's ability and is haggling over a deal with Exeter which will see the attacker at The Reynolds Arena.
"I've made Exeter an offer to take him on loan with a view to a permanent deal," revealed Hodgson.
"If he was to be a success, Exeter would benefit financially.
"I would love to work with him again because even though he has slipped out of the league, he would have something to offer us."
Hodgson has turned to Coppinger after finding out he was unable to land Middlesbrough young sensation Danny Graham, as the 17-year-old is yet to sign professional terms at The Riverside and Academy players cannot move on loan.