ANDY BUTLER won promotion from League I as a champion the season before last and he’s focused on repeating the achievement with Town.
The 24-year-old centre-back, who has made a highly-favourable impression in pre-season, reckons squad strength is the key to reaching the Championship.
The Doncaster-based defender believes Town are creating exactly that under new manager Stan Ternent and he’s hopeful of adding to his medal collection.
“It’s a strong squad here and that’s got to be good for our chances,” said Butler, who spent a month’s loan at Grimsby before returning to play 11 matches in Scunthorpe’s run to the title in 2006-07.
“When people get injured or suspended, which they may or may not do, it’s great to have people who can step in and do a job without any worries.
“It’s all about a squad game these days, not just a team, because that helps you maintain the consistency that’s needed to win a league.
“At Scunthorpe, the basis of our consistency was a really solid home record – I think we lost only two the whole season at Glanford Park – and that gave us the confidence to go and perform away from home as well.
“I don’t see any reason why we can’t have a great home record here as well with 16,000 fans cheering us on.
“That’s an amazing number and I know we’ve got to do the business for them, but if we get them right behind us it’s going to be a big thing.
“I can’t wait for the Stockport game to come around, really, because I think there will be a fantastic atmosphere and everyone will be willing us to make a good start.”
Butler has looked strong in pre-season games, catching the eye with his aerial dominance and his sensible distribution.
“I’m feeling really good and strong and I can’t wait for the season proper,” added the man who has been travelling to training with South Yorkshire based duo David Mirfin and Luke Beckett.
“It’s been really enjoyable so far, all the lads at the club have made me feel really welcome and we are just keen to get down to the proper business now with the season almost here.”