Doncaster Rovers: Andy Butler feels at home - but won’t be drawn on future

Andy Butler
Andy Butler

Andy Butler is loving life at Doncaster Rovers - but has refused to be drawn on the possibility of extending his stay at his hometown team.

The on-loan Sheffield United defender is yet to appear in a losing side for Rovers, a three-game sequence he hopes to extend at Rochdale this afternoon.

After being frozen out at the Blades, where he made just a single League Cup appearance following his summer switch to Bramall Lane, Butler is enjoying the cut and thrust of League One with Doncaster after spending a month at former club Walsall.

But when it comes to his longer term future, the Balby-born centre back is refusing to look too far ahead.

“It’s something I’ll have to address in January,” said Butler.

“I think I’ve heard the gaffer at Sheffield United say he’ll speak to me in January so I’ll find out then and see where we can go.”

On his Blades exile, he added: “That’s football.

“I’m old enough now to know that things like that happen in football.

“All I want to do is play football, so I’ve come out on loan. It’s a loan till January and then we’ll talk from there.”

Representing his hometown has added an extra dimension to Butler’s stay at Doncaster.

“My friends have been texting me and there’s a bit more interest from them now in how I’m getting on, because it’s their hometown team as well,” he said.

“I went out the other week and I got noticed by someone - although that was for my refereeing [in the Doncaster Alliance League]!

“It’s nice to be part of your hometown team and play for the club where you are from.

“It’s something I’ve not had before, I’m enjoying it.”

On his own form, he added: “I’m getting better.

“It wasn’t that much of a shock to the system and I wasn’t starting from scratch here because I’d played a fair few league games on loan at Walsall.

“I’m getting to know the players here better and hopefully my performances will start improving. I feel fit and I feel strong so hopefully I’ll get better with each game.”