Defender set for Blues exit

Dan Butler
Dan Butler

Dan Butler is set to secure a loan move away from Pompey.

The promising left-back has fallen down the pecking order this season after becoming a regular first-teamer towards the end of last term.

While he started the season as first-choice left-back, the 19-year-old has not played for the first team since the Capital One Cup defeat at Bournemouth back in August.

Blues boss Guy Whittingham still rates him highly and sees him as one for the future.

But he is keen to find him regular first-team football at the highest level possible.

That means a loan move to a non-league club, which the 19-year-old is keen on.

‘Dan is still with us at the moment but there are one or two things that we are trying to get sorted with him,’ said Whittingham.

‘He wants to go out and play football and we want him to go out and play football.

‘So it’s just making sure it’s the right club for him to go to.

‘There are one or two clubs that are really keen to take him and another one that is keen that hasn’t been able to do it.

‘That is the club he wants to go to so we will see what happens with that.’

Conference outfits Salisbury and Aldershot are leading the chase.

Whittingham, meanwhile, has also reassured some of the other Blues fringe players that they will get their chance in the coming weeks.

He said: ‘All the players are important, they have to remember that and they will get their fair amount of time on the pitch.

‘I remember being at Aston Villa and scoring and then not playing for the next three games.

‘You are thinking “What’s going on?”

‘But it’s always a balance.’