Stoke goalkeeper Butland joins Barnsley on emergency loan

The 20-year-old has sealed a temporary move to the Championship side as cover for the injured Luke Steele and could make his debut on Saturday against Leicester City
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has joined Barnsley on an emergency three-month loan.

The 20-year-old has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Potters after moving from Birmingham in the January transfer window, before being immediately loaned back to St Andrew's.

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Butland is currently behind both Asmir Begovic and Thomas Sorensen in the pecking order at Stoke and chief executive Tony Scholes feels he will gain excellent experience at the relegation-threatened Championship side.

"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," he told the club’s official website.

"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."

Butland could make his debut for the Tykes on Saturday when they face Leicester with first-choice goalkeeper Luke Steele currently out with a back injury.