Stoke City’s Jack Butland signs new deal
PUBLISHED: 20:34 20 March 2015 | UPDATED: 20:44 20 March 2015
STOKE City goalkeeper Jack Butland has signed a new four-year contract with the club.
The 22-year-old grew up in Clevedon and joined the Premier League outfit in 2013.
Despite the outstanding form of Asmir Begovic limiting Butland’s chances, his manager Mark Hughes is delighted the youngster has put pen to paper.
Speaking at today’s (Friday’s) pre-match press conference, the Welshman said: “We are absolutely delighted that Jack is staying here with us.
“He is regarded by many people in the game, ourselves included, as one of the best young goalkeepers in the country.
“It was always out intentions to tie him down to the club long-term because we feel he is somebody that can really push Asmir Begovic for a starting role in the side.
“I have been really impressed by him throughout my time at the club, and you can see that he is continuing to make progress all of the time.
“He isn’t somebody who wants to sit around and serve as understudy. His ambitions are to keep improving and challenge for a regular starting position.”
Butland, who went to Clevedon School, joined the Potters from Birmingham City. He has enjoyed loan spells at Barnsley, Leeds United and Derby County since joining Stoke.
He has won one international cap – playing for England against Italy in 2012, shortly after performing admirably for Team GB at the London Olympics.
Butland is also in England Under-21 squad for next week’s games against the Czech Republic and Germany.
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