Sheffield United: I can be a threat insists Butler

Andy Butler. Picture: Martyn Harrison
Andy Butler. Picture: Martyn Harrison
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Andy Butler is hoping to become an unlikely attacking source for Sheffield United this season.

The Doncaster-born centre half arrived at Bramall Lane last month after leaving Walsall and is aiming to show his the attacking side of his game as well as proving his defensive worth.

Butler netted United’s first goal of pre-season in Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Northampton Town, glancing a header home from a Ben Davies free kick.

While he is keen to chip in with goals, the 29-year-old wants to spark attacking play also.

“One thing the gaffer is big on is centre halves coming out from the back with the ball,” Butler said.

“I tried to do that with Walsall and it’s something I’ve got to adapt to doing here.

“I’m looking forward to trying to get some moves flowing from my side at the back.”

Butler has played alongside both Harrison McGahey and Neil Collins so far this pre-season and is enjoying finding his feet in the Blades squad.

He said: “These games are about getting to know people’s strengths and weaknesses in games like this.

“I thought Harrison did very well against Northampton. He’s a young lad with an old head on his shoulders.

“Everyone knows what Neil is all about.

I’ve not had the chance to play with Harry (Maguire) yet but hopefully that chance will come.