Young stopper eager to get game time.
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has said that he would be open to a loan move away from the club this summer in order to gain more playing time and continue his development, Sky Sports reports.
The England international made the move to the Britannia Stadium from Birmingham City in June after signing during the January transfer window, but he was loaned back to the Blues for the remainder of the season.
He had been an ever present for the Blues last season and even managed to win an England cap to round off a memorable season that began with him holding the number one jersey for Team GB at last summer’s Olympics.
Butland has made terrific progress over the past 12 months, but both he and the club feel that is would be beneficial for him to continue his development and maintain a regular run of games.
“It is difficult because I want to be playing,” he told Sky Sports News.
“But it’s also been a realisation that I’ve got to picture myself and say, I’m 20 years old, I’m not old, I’m a very, very young goalkeeper in terms of playing in the Premier League, even in the Championship. I’ve got to maybe say ‘okay’ and sit back and see what’s going, but I need to continue playing games.
“If playing in the Premier League doesn’t happen this year, then I will be fighting and giving everything I’ve got to be playing next year.
“We’ll see what happens and if a loan move is the right thing to do, then that will happen. I just need to do the right thing for my development and my career, which is play games. We will see what is the best option and go from there.”
On his short time at Stoke, Butland added: “I had a fantastic time at Birmingham and I never regret anything that happened there. But I think I have got a new lease of life, if you know what I mean, coming to here – a Premier League environment and getting to work with some fantastic goalkeepers and players and coaches as well.
“I feel I have improved and I’m really enjoying my time here.”