Stuart Campbell offered new Bristol Rovers role

Stuart Campbell
Campbell has been at Bristol Rovers since 2004

Bristol Rovers captain and former caretaker boss Stuart Campbell has been offered a new player-coach role under new manager Paul Buckle.

The 33-year-old took charge of the Pirates following the sacking of Dave Penney in March.

"We've had a couple of chats and hopefully we'll get one or two things ironed out," he told BBC Radio Bristol.

"I still want to be a player and I feel like I'm capable of doing that for another two or three years."

He added: "And maybe there's a possibility of coaching. I'm really excited with what he [Buckle] has put to me.

"I was concerned what was going to happen in the future. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't, I know how football works when a new manager comes in.

"But as soon as I spoke to him I knew what type of character he was. He's a straight-talking person and says it how it is and that's all you can ask for."

Buckle added: "I've offered something that will enthuse him and will get him up to the other levels of the other staff.

"He's expressed and interest in coaching and I can help him with that.

"He's a smashing lad and he's got a lot to offer me and the football club so I'm hopeful I can come to an agreement with Stuart."

Meanwhile, midfielder Dominic Blizzard, 27, has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

Blizzard joined the Pirates in July 2009 but fell out of favour at the Memorial Stadium last term and was loaned out to Port Vale in March, where he played just one game.

Out-of-contract midfielder Harry Pell, 19, has also left the League Two club.