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Butcher: Every day I'm learning, it's been an amazing journey

Posted: Thu 14 Jan 2016

AFC Bournemouth youngster Matt Butcher is eager to continue learning and is hopeful of more first-team exposure between now and the end of the season.

The 18-year old started against Birmingham City last Saturday in the Cherries’ 2-1 Emirates FA Cup third round victory.

Naturally a midfielder, Butcher played the entire 90 minutes as a left-back and wants to use his performance as a platform to maintain a place around the first-team fold.

"It was an intimidating game to come into but you can’t look at it like that," Butcher explained.

"The way I saw it was a chance to prove myself and a challenge to have a good game.

"My mum, dad and brother made the long trip and they always try to come to games, they’re all proud.

"I played at left-back against Birmingham, I had played there on loan at Poole last season and I tried to do my best, but hopefully the performance can help people to think I can be trusted to slot into different places.

"I’m really enjoying my time here and I want to keep learning and improving to hopefully keep myself around the first-team picture and get a few appearances on the bench."

Butcher has been with the club all the way through from under-13 level and not only signed his first professional contract back in April, but was rewarded with a new two-and-a-half-year deal in November.

The youngster believes he is learning in a great environment and is not resting on his laurels with the security of his recent contract.

"The aim this year was to get a new contract and to push for a place in the first-team so it’s been a good season so far," he continued.

"That contract gives me security but I don’t want to stop there. Every day I’m learning off these experienced professionals and Premier League players. You can’t not learn in this environment, they’re quality players and nice lads who welcome you in.

"It’s been a great journey with the club so far and long may it continue."
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