Andy Butler: Walsall sign former skipper on loan from Sheff Utd

Andy Butler
Butler has also played for Scunthorpe and Huddersfield, and had loan spells at Grimsby and Blackpool

Injury-hit Walsall have re-signed former skipper Andy Butler on a month's emergency loan from Sheffield United.

The 30-year-old centre-half rejected a new Walsall deal to sign for the Blades this summer, thereby ending a daily commute from his South Yorkshire home.

But Butler has found his first-team opportunities limited at Bramall Lane in the opening weeks of the new season.

And Blades boss Nigel Clough has freed him back to Bescot to ease Walsall's current injury situation.

Butler's fine service at the Banks's Stadium
Andy Butler first arrived at Bescot in November 2010 when he was signed by Dean Smith's predecessor Chris Hutchings.
He has twice been voted the Saddlers' Player of the Season, scoring 14 times in 172 appearances.
He has made just one appearance for Sheffield United - in the League Cup in August

The Saddlers had eight players missing for last Saturday's 0-0 draw at home to Colchester United.

"The opportunity has arisen for Andy to go out on loan and get some games," said Walsall boss Dean Smith. "And we're only too happy to have him back here.

"We were sad to see him leave during the summer but fully understood the reasons behind his decision.

"It hasn't quite happened for him yet at Sheffield United but, in the meantime, we're delighted to be able to bring him in for a month.

"His return will give us all a boost. He can help us get back on track. He is someone who knows exactly how we work and will fit in straight away."