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DONS’ boss Tony Miller rates Mick Butterfield as one of the best full-backs in Championship One.

DONS’ boss Tony Miller rates Mick Butterfield as one of the best full-backs in Championship One.

“As well as being a good defensive player, Mick brings the ball out of defence really well and helps get us on the front foot,” said Miller.

Miller originally signed the former Normanton amateur as a centre/winger only to convert him to a full-back.

It is a position the 26 year-old Butterfield, who was beginning to think that his chance of breaking into the professional ranks had gone until being signed by the South Yorkshire side last season, is more than happy to play.

“In addition to having to clear the line, playing there enables you to pick your time when to join the line in attack,” he said.

Despite winning man-of-the-match awards on several occasions this season, Butterfield feels that there is room for improvement in his game.

“One of the things that I need to start doing is to back myself to go for the line more when I am in with a chance of scoring instead of always looking for my winger,” he said.

“Although I’ve had several spells on the sidelines due to injuries, I’ve been pleased with my form.

“It helps when you are playing behind such a good pack and playing alongside some good backs.

“l link well with winger Dean Colton and he always seems to be there up in support when I make a break.”

Butterfield also rates Stu Sanderson and new on-loan winger from Super League outfit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Gareth Potts.

“In the two games he’s played for us he’s looked fast and a strong powerful runner,” he said.

Without a game at the weekend due to their fixture at league leaders Swinton having being re-arranged for next month, the Dons will be hoping to collect a third successive victory in next Sunday’s game at bottom-of-the-table Gateshead.

They go into the game on the back of a rare win against Workington Town at Derwent Park and a resounding 30-0 home win over Oldham, who had beaten them 46-24 at the Whitebank Stadium a month earlier.

“We felt that we had suffered a bit of a touch up at Oldham and we wanted to show them what we were about and that no team which comes to the Keepmoat Stadium gets an easy game,” said Butterfield.

“The Oldham result, which is the first ever game I’ve played in, either as an amateur or a professional, where we’ve nilled the opposition, and the win at Workington, sends a message out to the rest of the league that we are serious about making the play-offs.

“Obviously we had a serious slip, dropping from second to third bottom prior to the Workington game, but we’ve turned the corner.

“The Gateshead game is the first in the second half of the season and things are starting to look good.

“Spirits in the camp are high, we’ve got a good squad and there is a lot of competition for places and we’ve got to be looking to kick on from here and not lose any more home games as well as getting our revenge over Swinton and Keighley, who both beat us narrowly at the Keepmoat.