ANDY BUTLER says he’d jump at the chance to return to Scunthorpe United – so long as his feet allow it!
The 26-year-old Town defender who signed on a three-year contract from the Championship club in 2008, has been made available for transfer by boss Lee Clark.
A regular pick under Stan Ternent, his outings under Clark have been less frequent and he was loaned out to Blackpool back in January.
Scunthorpe are believed to be in the market for a centre-back, and Butler, recovering from surgery to sort out bunions on both feet, says he’d be delighted to get a phone call from manager Nigel Adkins.
“Scunthorpe have always been close to me because I grew up there, and I still speak to some of the boys,” said the man who made 153 appearances for them.
“I’m not going to start saying too much because if anything happens, it’s up to Nigel. But obviously if the chance to go back came along it’s something I would be interested in.
“When I left, I did so because I had to look after my family. Do I regret it now? I suppose I do and I don’t.
“It’s swings and roundabouts really. That’s football, people move on and sometimes find the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.”
Butler, who has played 58 times for Town, added: “I miss certain people and fooling around with people I grew up with, so in that way it’s been tough.
“If Scunthorpe had been able to match financially what I was offered at Huddersfield, I would have stayed.
“I said before I left that any decision to move on was going to be tough because I’d grown up at Scunthorpe. It was my home for want of a better word.
“It was difficult to leave, but sometimes you have to move on, even though Huddersfield hasn’t turned out to be the best move.
“But I know I have to stand by my choices and get on with things. Football is a funny game and you never know what is going to happen.”
Town, who signed Scottish international left-back Gary Naysmith from Sheffield United on Friday, will head to Scunthorpe for a friendly on Saturday, July 31.
Butler was one of eight players put on the transfer list after Town’s League I play-off semi-final exit at Millwall.
Goalkeeper Simon Eastwood has joined League II club Oxford United while defender Joe Skarz, midfielders Jim Goodwin, Michael Collins and James Berrett, winger Lionel Ainsworth and striker Tom Denton are, like Butler, awaiting developments.
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