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Dan loving life at Rovers

“If the gaffer likes you and the way you play, that’s a positive, it gives you a lot of confidence in yourself"

22 March 2019

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Dan Butterworth believes the best is yet to come from him after putting pen-to-paper on a long-term deal to remain at Ewood Park until the summer 2022.

The young attacker, who has made the step up from Under-18s level to Under-23s in recent years with ease, is already targeting a spot in Tony Mowbray's first team.

The teenage starlet has been training with the senior squad on occasions this season, as well as appearing in the squad in the Carabao Cup earlier in the campaign.

And he believes Rovers' style of play will suit his own invidual game.

“If the gaffer likes you and the way you play, that’s a positive, it gives you a lot of confidence in yourself. Hopefully he does trust me and puts me in," Butterworth told iFollow Rovers.

“There’s always someone watching. It makes you want to impress just that little bit more. If you do well he goes home thinking about you.

“I like how the gaffer wants to play it out from the back and build up the pitch that way. That’s my game really so it could help in the long-run.

“I have that selfish side of wanting to put the ball in the back of the net. There’s that side in every striker.

“I started off alright, getting a few goals under my belt so confidence was high and then I think I went into a period of not great form.

“I’ve picked it back up and now I’m trying to get into the first-team again so if I keep working hard, the goals will come."

And looking back on when he first joined back during the 2015-16 campaign, he believes he's now doing all the right things to improve and develop at the club.

“I came here overweight and didn’t have many attributes to my game," he said honestly.

"I’ve worked on that and I think I’m a much better player for it.

“My power and speed has improved and I’m able to get on the ball and do what I do.

“Playing an attacking position you like to take players on, get shots off, score goals and create things."

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