Dan Butler backed to find new Football League home

Former Pompey left-back Dan Butler Picture: Joe Pepler
Former Pompey left-back Dan Butler Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Butler made 54 appearances for Pompey
  • He was crowned the Isle of Wight Supporters’ Club’s Player of the Season

DAN BUTLER has been reassured he has ‘nothing to worry about’ in his hunt for a new club.

The 20-year-old was released at the end of last season following 54 matches for Pompey.

He has nothing to worry about, he will be fine, he has a couple of things on the horizon so he’ll just have to wait and see whatever is best for him

Adam Webster

Last term the Isle of Wight left-back managed to dislodge Nicky Shorey and enjoyed his most regular season yet in the side.

Regardless, he departed Fratton Park following Paul Cook’s arrival and is currently training with Northampton Town.

And Adam Webster is adamant his former team-mate possesses the ability to get himself fixed up elsewhere in the Football League.

He said: ‘Butts did really well last year. He played 34 games and I think, at the start of the season, would have taken that all day long.

‘It’s not easy playing ahead of Nicky Shorey because he is such a good player.

‘Now for Butts it’s a matter of finding the right club and whatever is best for him. I have no doubts whatsoever he will be fine and perform exactly the same next season.

‘He is a good footballer who has good attributes, while his attitude and hard work is up there with the best, which will take him a long way.

‘He has nothing to worry about, he will be fine, he has a couple of things on the horizon so he’ll just have to wait and see whatever is best for him.

‘He is so fit, though, he always comes back into pre-season like he has never been away.

‘He is luckily gifted like that, he has always been like it.

‘Over the last four-to-five years Butts has always been the fittest so he has that in the locker as well.

‘He has great technical abilities and must have had a few assists last year from wide free-kicks.

‘He will be fine.’

Butler rose through the ranks at Fratton Park, making his debut in the Capital One Cup at Plymouth Argyle in August 2012.

The left-back ended up amassing 18 appearances that season, although fell out of favour and picked up a knee injury during his second campaign.

Under Andy Awford, Butler was then largely selected ahead of ex-England international Shorey last season.

Both he and Webster were identified for new contracts as the club moved to ensure they couldn’t leave on free transfers.

However, the Blues pulled their contract, allowing Butler to move this summer without the need for compensation to be paid.