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Whittingham: I love this game

Peter's perfect night as he marks milestone with a win at Bloomfield Road

29 November 2017

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Rovers midfielder Peter Whittingham marked his 500th career league appearance with a win as he played his part in an emphatic victory at Blackpool.

Whittingham made his league debut in April 2003 as a second-half substitute with Aston Villa at Newcastle.

Fast forward 14-and-a-half years and he's still going strong as a Rovers player - via stints at Burnley, Derby County and 10 years with Cardiff City.

So, how does the achievement make the 33-year-old feel?

"That stat makes me feel old!" Whittingham said with a smile, speaking to iFollow Rovers after Tuesday's 4-2 victory at Bloomfield Road.

"No, in all seriousness it's an amazing achievement and I'd like to think to play that amount of games shows I've done something alright, I suppose.

"Rob Gill [Head of Media & Communications] mentioned it, so I knew it was happening. I just love playing football and getting out there.

"To play that number of games is something I'm really proud of and my family are as well.

"I really like football and winning games, so hopefully that can continue."

So with 500 league games under his belt, could we see Whittingham still running around in midfield in the years to come?

He can't confirm or deny anything, but says the only goal he has in his mind is with Rovers and not individually.

"My aim now is promotion rather than start talking about how many more games I want to play," Peter said.

"I came here for promotion, that was the aim and that still is the aim," he added.

"I'm not sure how I'll celebrate reaching the 500 - hopefully by getting a day off and relaxing. That'd be nice!

"It was great to mark the milestone with another win under my belt and help us climb the table."

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