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Tis: “Danny was an obvious choice”

26 September 2013

City boss hails Butterfield arrival

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale spoke of his pleasure at being able to bring in former Crystal Palace, Charlton, Bolton and Southampton man Danny Butterfield into his playing staff.

The experienced right-back joined the club ahead of the Newport County AFC fixture last weekend and was in the stands at St James Park for the fixture.

Tis is hopeful of having Butterfield match-fit and available for selection at the earliest opportunity – potentially for this weekend’s tie away to Fleetwood Town.

And the Grecians boss confirmed that the defender is settling in well and was the signing that he had been longing to make in the absence of any other career-hardened right-backs in the side.

“He’s doing good so far,” said Tis.  “He is a knowledgeable, competent footballer who has plenty of experience and knowhow and I would have been surprised if he had struggled to bed in.  I’m hoping he’ll play a part in a match very soon.

“I would often be very diplomatic about these things but it has been very open and clear since the summer when Steve Tully and Kevin Amankwaah moved on.  I didn’t want to lose the pair of them – I wanted to keep at least one but we couldn’t afford to do it.  It was a position we had to convert players into and ask players to play out of position.

“Now, because of the Scott Golbourne transfer to Wolves, we have been able to bring some money in to sign a player.  Danny was an obvious choice for us.

“When he’s fit and able and at the top of his game, hopefully he’ll come in and make that position his.  There are still other places where I would like to improve within our squad, but that was the obvious signing we needed to make.”

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