Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland has rejoined Cheltenham Town on a youth loan deal for the remainder of the season.
Butland has already spent three months at Cheltenham’s Whaddon Road, when he joined up with Mark Yates’s side last September.
The England U21 international made twelve appearances for the Robins in which he kept seven clean sheets.
Speaking to the BBC, Butland said:”It’s all about getting experience to try and prove myself at Birmingham and it’s a great place to come back to.”
Under the agreement Blues can recall the promising 18-year old shot stopper after an initial period of 28-days.
Butland is yet to make his first team debut for Chris Hughton’s Birmingham team but has been named as a substitute on four occasions.
“The main thing for me was showing them I could handle League football. I think they knew what I was about before I left but they didn’t know how I would handle myself in games,” Butland added.
“I couldn’t just walk back into the side as Boaz Myhill has been doing very well and it would be wrong for them to take him out the team.
“I’ve just got to keep progressing and try and prove myself here so I’m ready for next season.”
Cheltenham manager and former Blues midfielder, Mark Yates said: “Scott [Brown – Cheltenham goalkeeper] has done really well but we need competition.
“We’ve had to be patient with it but we know he’s worth waiting for. He was a big presence for us in our run. We’ve waited and it’s come off.”