Butcher: Leaving Dundee United will make me a better player



Calum Butcher is adamant his decision to leave Dundee United will see him become a better player.

The 24-year-old completed his move to English League One outfit Burton Albion this week following his year in the “shop window” of Scottish football.

The former Tottenham trainee made 21 appearances for the Tangerines, including playing the full match in their League Cup final defeat against Celtic at Hampden.

However, Butcher admits he jumped at the chance to return south of the border and link up with Dutch hero Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

He said: “As a player you are always looking to improve and the manager at Burton, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, and the assistant, David Oldfield, improve players.

“That’s why it was a massive incentive for me to go there, because I want to keep improving. I’m still young, but at 24 I want to kick on and have a good season.

“Scotland is a good shop window to play in. There are a lot of games on TV and we had a good cup run last year, getting to the final of the League Cup.

“You also get to play in some big games – in front of 40,000 people in the cup against Celtic – so it is good experience.

“I enjoyed my time there, and they offered me another contract, but I wanted to see what else was out there and was looking to move south.”