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Stoke City Goalkeeper Jack Butland Joins Championship Side Barnsley On Loan

England under-21 international drops back to the Championship.

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Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined struggling Championship side Barnsley on loan until the end of 2013, the Telegraph reports.

The 20-year-old made the move to the Britannia Stadium in January, but joined up with his new teammates over the summer in a £3.5m deal from Birmingham City.

Butland had largely been expected to challenge Asmir Begovic for a first team spot this season, but he has yet to make a competitive appearance for Mark Hughes’ men and has been sent to Oakwell in order to gain some valuable first team experience in order to prepare himself for the Premier League.

Real Sociedad and Sporting Lisbon had shown interest in Butland over the summer but Barnsley are taking him for 93 days as they attempt to move away from the bottom of the Championship.

Butland is the current first choice goalkeeper for the England under-21 national side, and even made his senior debut in a friendly against Italy last year. He made 46 appearances for Birmingham City last season, and spent some time on loan with Cheltenham Town the year beforehand he will be expected to go straight into David Flitcroft’s side as their first choice.

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