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Dan eager to continue first team link up

Butterworth enjoyed the opportunity at Rotherham

3 January 2018

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Despite not getting on the pitch on New Year's Day at Rotherham United, young striker Dan Butterworth admitted it was certainly a valuable experience.

Dan, who's played both Under-18s and Under-23s football this term for Rovers, admitted he enjoyed his first taste of being in and around the first team fold.

"I was told in training by Damien [Johnson] that I would be in the squad for the game. It was a great experience to see what the first team are like on a game day, the preparation, that sort of thing.

"It's given me great confidence that the manager has seen something in me to hand me that chance. Hopefully I can get more opportunities and take those chances. You have to be ready."

Less than 24 hours later, Butterworth was pulling on the boots again, this time for the Under-23s, playing his part in progression in the Lancashire Senior Cup at Morecambe.

The teenager set up a goal in the 0-3 victory, helping Rovers to the semi-finals of the competition at the Shrimps' expense.

And he's keen to continue developing and aiming to impress boss Tony Mowbray, who is regularly in attendance at the Under-23s clashes.

"The last few games have been called off so it was great to play again. We took our chances in the second half and got the goals," Butterworth reflected.

"I managed to set one up and was part of the win so you can't be greedy, but a goal would have been nice.

"We're a tight knit group, good mates and I think that's a good thing to have. I'm going to continue to work really hard in the Under-23s to impress Damien and the manager.

"If I do, then hopefully those first team opportunities will continue."

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