Birmingham City's Jack Butland in Cheltenham Town return

Cheltenham have re-signed Birmingham City goalkeeper Jack Butland on a youth loan deal until the end of the season.

The England U21 international, 18, first signed for the Robins in September and spent three months at Whaddon Road, making 12 appearances.

"It's all about getting experience to try and prove myself at Birmingham and it's a great place to come back to," he told BBC Points West.

Birmingham will be allowed to recall Butland after an initial 28-day period.

The Bristol-born keeper has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Championship side but has been an unused substitute on four occasions since his successful spell with the League Two promotions chasers.

BUTLAND FACTFILE

  • Born 10 March 1993 in Bristol
  • Product of Birmingham City academy
  • Played for England at U16 - U21 level. Won Euro Championships with U17s.
  • Signed for Cheltenham in September 2011
  • Made 12 appearances and kept seven clean sheets

Butland added: "The main thing for me was showing them I could handle League football. I think they knew what I was about before I left but they didn't know how I would handle myself in games.

"I couldn't just walk back into the side as Boaz Myhill has been doing very well and it would be wrong for them to take him out the team.

"I've just got to keep progressing and try and prove myself here so I'm ready for next season."

Robins manager Mark Yates added: "Scott [Brown, Cheltenham keeper] has done really well but we need competition.

"We've had to be patient with it but we know he's worth waiting for. He was a big presence for us in our run. We've waited and it's come off."