Stoke’s Butland seeks first team action

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland may make another loan move this season as he seeks more game-time, according to The Sentinel.

The giant Bristolian stopper is reported to be attracting interest from a number of clubs as he seeks to further his career amid limited first team opportunities at the Britannia Stadium.

Butland harbours international aspirations after becoming England’s youngest ever international goalkeeper when Roy Hodgson gave him an opportunity in a friendly against Italy in 2012. However, he was not selected in Hodgson’s 2014 World Cup squad, and it is felt his lack of Premier League experience had counted against him.

21-year-old Butland initially signed for the Potters from Birmingham City during the January transfer window of 2013, although was immediately loaned back to his former club for the rest of that season.

More loans followed in 2013/14, firstly with Barnsley, then Leeds United in the latter months of the season. In between these spells he made his only three Premier League appearances to date for Stoke, filling in for World Cup star Asmir Begovic when the Bosnian was injured in January.

Butland is not looking for a permanent move away from Stoke, but with Begovic in fine form and Thomas Sorensen signing a new Potters contract, he could still find senior appearances hard to come by.

Butland has been linked with a loan return to Leeds, but it is reported that he would prefer to remain in the Premier League as he bids to reclaim his international squad place.

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