The England Under-21 international joined the Potters in January, though was loaned back to Birmingham, and will seek a temporary spell elsewhere if he cannot get game time
First-choice goalkeeper Asmir Begovic was named Man of the Match as the Potters slumped to a 1-0 defeat against Liverpool on Saturday, while Thomas Sorensen was selected on the bench ahead of Butland.
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"It is difficult because I want to be playing," the England Under-21 international told Sky Sports News.
"But it's also been a realisation that I've got to picture myself and say, I'm 20, I'm not old, I'm a very, very young goalkeeper in terms of playing in the Premier League, even in the Championship.
"I've got to maybe say 'okay' and sit back and see what's going, but I need to continue playing games.
"If playing in the Premier League doesn't happen this year, then I will be fighting and giving everything I've got to be playing next year.
"We'll see what happens and if a loan move is the right thing to do, then that will happen.
"I just need to do the right thing for my development and my career, which is play games. We will see what is the best option and go from there."