ANDY BUTLER agreed three-year terms with Town today and insisted: “I wouldn’t have signed if I didn’t think the club could make it to the Championship.”
The 24-year-old centre-back played at that level with Scunthorpe last season and is desperate to get back there.
He was offered a new deal at Glanford Park, where he won promotions from Leagues II and I.
But the Doncaster-based player, who moves without a fee and joins fellow former Scunthorpe man Jim Goodwin at the Galpharm, explained: “I’ve been there since I was 16, and it’s time to move on.
“Stan Ternent made contact with me a few weeks ago, and I like what he’s had to say about the club and his plans.
“It’s a great stadium, and the 16,000-plus season-ticket sales are unreal for a League I club. It should be a great atmosphere.
“With it being the centenary season, it’s written that we should win promotion, but talking about it and doing it are two very different things.
“It’s my aim to do everything I can to help us get to the Championship, and having gone up with Scunthorpe, I believe Huddersfield are well capable.
“Even though we ended up being relegated, it was great to play at that level last season, and I’d love to do it again.
“I’m buzzing at the prospect of playing for this club, and I can’t wait to start pre-season training on Friday.”
While he has played alongside Goodwin, Butler has faced Town’s other pre-season signing Keigan Parker in games against Blackpool.
“He’s a good striker with pace and an eye for goal, and hopefully he’ll get his fair share for us,” said Butler.
Of the existing Town squad, the new boy said: “I was a Sheffield Wednesday fan as a youngster, so I used to watch Andy Booth regularly.
“He’s got a great spring in his jump and he also has an eye for goal, and any defender will say he’s still a handful.
“I’ve also tracked the progress of the Clarke brothers and David Mirfin, and I know I’ll have my work cut out to cement a place.”
Butler becomes the only natural left-sided senior centre-back on the books, and explained: “I like to think if the ball is there to be won by head or tackle, then I’ll do it.
“But when playing a bit of football is demanded, hopefully I can do that as well.”
Jose Mourinho was certainly impressed with Butler when he played against Chelsea in an FA Cup third-round tie at Stamford Bridge in 2005.
The then-Blues boss singled him out for praise after Scunthorpe’s 3-1 defeat.
That was one of 153 games for Scunthorpe, with Butler, who made five appearances on loan to Grimsby in 2006, also notching 15 goals.
Last season, he made 37 appearances and scored twice.
Butler must wait until Sunday, December 28 for the chance to face his old club in League U.
Scunthorpe come to the Galpharm on that date.