Derby County head-coach Steve McClaren has praised Jack Butland’s contribution for the club in a short loan-spell.
Butland arrived five weeks ago from Premier League Stoke City and has returned to the Potters, leaving Derby top-of-the-table and he has been hailed by Steve McClaren,
‘“Jack has got us points – he got us three at Watford on Saturday. Jack has been a blessing for us after finding out we were going to lose a top keeper like Granty for five or six weeks.” said McClaren, talking to the Derby Telegraph.
”We are very fortunate to have got Jack. Credit to (goalkeeping coach) Eric Steele and the relationship he has with Stoke. We also thank Stoke and their manager, Mark Hughes, because we’ve got a top quality goalkeeper in Jack.” added McClaren.
Butland came in for injured Lee Grant, who could return against Leeds United next Saturday after injuring his ankle, seven games ago.
“We’re assessing Granty every day and seeing how he comes through. We will monitor the situation on a daily basis and try not to rush things. We want to make sure Granty’s right when he comes back in.” said McClaren.
Butland enjoyed his stay at the Championship club by expressing his delight on Twitter last night.
“Well, if that (Watford) was my last game, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here, the support, staff and the players have been a pleasure to work with. I wish everyone at the club the best of luck for the rest of the season.”