Dan Butterworth has spoken of his delight at signing a first professional contract with Blackburn Rovers.
The young striker penned a two-year deal at the club on Thursday afternoon, keeping him at Ewood Park until the summer of 2020.
Speaking to Rovers.co.uk, Butterworth said: “It’s a great feeling. Getting your first professional football contract is something that everyone wants, so it’s good to get it done early. Now I can focus on football and hopefully progress.
“I want to progress here at Blackburn, it’s such a big club and I’m the youngest in the Under-23s so it’s great that the coaches have shown faith in me. Hopefully now I can progress into the first team.”
Asked about his upbringing and footballing career so far, the 18-year-old hailed the support of his family and coaches at Rovers.
“I started off at a club where I’m from in Middleton and got scouted by Manchester United” he added. “Being a United fan from Manchester, it was a dream to play for them, but now I’m here at Blackburn it’s even better.
“I think it’s always been serious. My dad and my family have always believed in me and told me that if I stuck to it, I could have a life out of football.
“All of the coaches have believed in me since I arrived here too, especially the likes of Damian Johnson and Dunny. They’ve added a great confidence to my game, it’s good to know that they’re there to back me up.”
Everyone at Rovers would like to wish Dan the best of luck following his first deal.