Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined Championship side Barnsley on a 93-day emergency loan.
The England international joined Stoke in the January transfer window for £3m but is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Potters due to the form of first-choice ‘keeper Asmir Begovic.
Barnsley have had to make use of the emergency loan signing rule after an injury to goalkeeper Luke Steele in training, with rookie Christian Dibble the only match fit option for Tykes manager David Flitcroft.
Butland’s agent spoke earlier in the summer of his frustration with the lack of first-team opportunities given to the 20-year-old, and it appears he has now the chance to gain some regular action.
Stoke’s chief executive Tony Scholes told the club’s official website: "Jack is an outstanding young talent but when we signed him it was on the understanding that he needed to continue his development by playing first team football on a regular basis.
"We're pleased that such a good opportunity for Jack to go out on loan has presented itself and we’re sure it will be beneficial to both Jack and the club.
"We will be monitoring his progress closely at Barnsley and wish him every success during his time at Oakwell."
The Yorkshire club have confirmed that Butland, whose sole cap for England came against Italy in the 2-1 victory in Switzerland in August 2012, will go straight into the squad for this weekend's match away to Leicester City.Reuse content