Midfielder Dan Butterworth sat down with the local press ahead of Fleetwood Town’s trip to face Shrewsbury Town at the Montgomery Waters Meadow on Saturday afternoon.
The Manchester-born loanee has been training since arriving on deadline day, preparing for his first matchday with the Cods, which is an away game to the Shrews. Before joining, he spent his youth at Manchester United and has featured for the first-team, Under-23s, and Under-18s at his parent club Blackburn Rovers.
Here’s what Dan had to say in his interview:
On the loan move to Fleetwood…
“The move was going on since the start of the window, but things got put off due to injuries at Blackburn, so it was a yes-no situation. I was trying to push it with my agent as I was excited to get my career underway and get some minutes in the legs.
"On deadline day, I went to go and see the gaffer at Blackburn to try and make it happen and I found out about 3-4pm that day. It was always about pushing for a loan and get my career going. It’s been a tough 18 months, to two years, but you’ve just got to put it behind you and carry on.
"From what I’ve seen, if I didn’t know where they were in the table, I’d never have guessed they are where they are in the league, so I think they deserve to be higher up as it’s one or two results that haven’t gone their way.”
On his style of play and mentality…
“For me, I like playing as a number 10, getting in the pockets behind the striker, or playing wither side of their midfielders as I can run at people. I like to have someone to play off as I’m not the biggest lad so bullying centre-halves isn’t my game. I think League One is a bit more physical, with maybe the odd long ball more than the Championship, but everyone has to just play to the style of their team and not worry about anyone else.
“I can’t wait to get playing and, hopefully, I can do well and get some goals here and help the team get some wins. I’m excited to start playing some football, can’t wait to get the games underway, and hopefully get some good performances under my belt. I want to go and prove myself to everybody.
“I’ve heard quite a few people say that the club is in the wrong place in the table, and I can see that there is quality in the team in training. The sessions on the first couple of days were very good so I’m excited to start playing with the team."