Butland reiterates first-team desire

Daily Echo: Jack Butland Jack Butland

Birmingham's highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Jack Butland is desperate for regular first-team football with the club next year.

The 19-year-old has been named in the Team GB squad for the Olympics and was England's third-choice at Euro 2012 but has yet to make his senior debut for Blues.

He has nevertheless attracted the attention of Barclays Premier League newcomers Saints, who have had a £6m bid for him turned down, while others have also been keeping an eye on the player.

At the moment, though, Butland is focusing on sealing his place in Birmingham's first XI.

"I want to play as many games at the highest level as I possibly can," he said.

"I should be pushing for a first-team place at Birmingham. That's what I want, not to be sitting on the bench. It is time I played now.

"I've had some great experiences with England at the European Championship and I can't wait for the Olympics to start.

"My name has been linked with some interested clubs and that's flattering. It's not an option for me now though, I need games."

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12:50pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Paul Lucas says...

Time to let this one go I think. Birmingham have priced him out of the market and he's never been tried at this level yet. Huge risk when there are other keepers more experienced for less.
Time to let this one go I think. Birmingham have priced him out of the market and he's never been tried at this level yet. Huge risk when there are other keepers more experienced for less. Paul Lucas
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1:12pm Thu 12 Jul 12

billythesaint says...

Although Butland is obviously a class keeper he's being a bit over ambitious to think he's going to be first choice for a Premier League team when he's only played 3rd division football up to now. 19 for an outfield player maybe but for a GK that is very young and inexperienced. I'd love it if we bought him and slowly bedded him in to be our number one in a year or two but I think this one will fall away unfortunately unless he gets a reality check. Even if he's the finest goalie ever lived is he really going to command his area and boss the defence as a teenager? Nah.
Although Butland is obviously a class keeper he's being a bit over ambitious to think he's going to be first choice for a Premier League team when he's only played 3rd division football up to now. 19 for an outfield player maybe but for a GK that is very young and inexperienced. I'd love it if we bought him and slowly bedded him in to be our number one in a year or two but I think this one will fall away unfortunately unless he gets a reality check. Even if he's the finest goalie ever lived is he really going to command his area and boss the defence as a teenager? Nah. billythesaint
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1:25pm Thu 12 Jul 12

billythesaint says...

billythesaint wrote:
Although Butland is obviously a class keeper he's being a bit over ambitious to think he's going to be first choice for a Premier League team when he's only played 3rd division football up to now. 19 for an outfield player maybe but for a GK that is very young and inexperienced. I'd love it if we bought him and slowly bedded him in to be our number one in a year or two but I think this one will fall away unfortunately unless he gets a reality check. Even if he's the finest goalie ever lived is he really going to command his area and boss the defence as a teenager? Nah.
I probably should have read the article!
[quote][p][bold]billythesaint[/bold] wrote: Although Butland is obviously a class keeper he's being a bit over ambitious to think he's going to be first choice for a Premier League team when he's only played 3rd division football up to now. 19 for an outfield player maybe but for a GK that is very young and inexperienced. I'd love it if we bought him and slowly bedded him in to be our number one in a year or two but I think this one will fall away unfortunately unless he gets a reality check. Even if he's the finest goalie ever lived is he really going to command his area and boss the defence as a teenager? Nah.[/p][/quote]I probably should have read the article! billythesaint
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2:15pm Thu 12 Jul 12

hamblesaint says...

Interesting that Birmingham have just signed David Lucas a 34 year old keeper today and their other keeper 27 yo Colin Doyle has signed a contract extension. Me thinks Butland is on the move :) COYR
Interesting that Birmingham have just signed David Lucas a 34 year old keeper today and their other keeper 27 yo Colin Doyle has signed a contract extension. Me thinks Butland is on the move :) COYR hamblesaint
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2:31pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Tubbystubb says...

Butland may be a class act but for a teenager, never played a first team game at a level higher than leagues 1 or 2, to be making demands like this shows an arrogance and ego that is so big, it could be a disruptive influence in the dressing room.
In my opinion better to leave well alone.
Butland may be a class act but for a teenager, never played a first team game at a level higher than leagues 1 or 2, to be making demands like this shows an arrogance and ego that is so big, it could be a disruptive influence in the dressing room. In my opinion better to leave well alone. Tubbystubb
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2:38pm Thu 12 Jul 12

St Retford says...

What demands is he making? He's just saying he'd rather be playing games in the Championship than sitting on the bench in the Premier League. It's a commendable attitude imo. The skill from Nicola's point of view will be in convincing him of the opportunities he'll get at Saints.
What demands is he making? He's just saying he'd rather be playing games in the Championship than sitting on the bench in the Premier League. It's a commendable attitude imo. The skill from Nicola's point of view will be in convincing him of the opportunities he'll get at Saints. St Retford
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5:16pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Fatty x Ford Worker says...

Only worth 3 mill in the reserves team!
Only worth 3 mill in the reserves team! Fatty x Ford Worker
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10:44pm Thu 12 Jul 12

Tirau Dan says...

I used to love the guessing game but now it's become a waiting game as we know the only place we'll get reality is the OS. Good luck to Mr Butland.
I used to love the guessing game but now it's become a waiting game as we know the only place we'll get reality is the OS. Good luck to Mr Butland. Tirau Dan
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6:18am Fri 13 Jul 12

White and red till dead says...

Let's see how he goes in Team GB first, if he even gets a match...
Let's see how he goes in Team GB first, if he even gets a match... White and red till dead
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2:19pm Fri 13 Jul 12

Alicesdad says...

St Retford wrote:
What demands is he making? He's just saying he'd rather be playing games in the Championship than sitting on the bench in the Premier League. It's a commendable attitude imo. The skill from Nicola's point of view will be in convincing him of the opportunities he'll get at Saints.
Agreed.... And we know that NC is highly skilled in negotiation. It also helps that we are PREMIER LEAGUE!!

If this fella is as good as they say then everyone will be happy. I think that if we buy him he will not be a shoe in for a first team place straight away. We had a supposedly top class reserve keeper before .. and we all know what happened there.

Football is a funny game, you make your decisions then see what happens.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: What demands is he making? He's just saying he'd rather be playing games in the Championship than sitting on the bench in the Premier League. It's a commendable attitude imo. The skill from Nicola's point of view will be in convincing him of the opportunities he'll get at Saints.[/p][/quote]Agreed.... And we know that NC is highly skilled in negotiation. It also helps that we are PREMIER LEAGUE!! If this fella is as good as they say then everyone will be happy. I think that if we buy him he will not be a shoe in for a first team place straight away. We had a supposedly top class reserve keeper before .. and we all know what happened there. Football is a funny game, you make your decisions then see what happens. Alicesdad
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