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Hughes has high hopes for Butland

England Under-21 international Butland has been farmed out to Barnsley. Credit: PA

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is convinced goalkeeper Jack Butland has what it takes to reach the top despite shipping him off on loan to Championship strugglers Barnsley.

Hughes said: "It was always our intention to get Jack Butland out on loan.

"It was vitally important to get him out to allow him to continue his development. He is an outstanding young talent and someone we have incredibly high hopes for.

"We will keep a close eye on him and he will come here on certain days to maintain the work he has been doing with us.

"It is a good move for him and he will learn a lot from it. He has the potential to be the next England keeper."



Wigan flying high

Ben Watson fired Wigan into the lead. Credit: PA
Grant Holt celebrates a debut goal, Wigan's second of the game. Credit: PA
Leon Barnett looks pleased about bagging his team's third goal. Credit: PA

Wigan were the stand out performers on the opening day of the Championship season, thumping Barnsley 4-0 at Oakwell.

Elsewhere, there were victories for Watford, Bournemouth, Blackpool, Leeds, Leicester, Yeovil, Nottingham Forest, QPR and Reading.

Flitcroft sticks with Tykes

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft has agreed a new deal to remain in charge of the club on a permanent basis.

The 39-year-old steered the Tykes to npower Championship survival following their last-day draw at Huddersfield after taking on the role of manager at the end of December.

Barnsley Football Club are delighted to announce that David Flitcroft has agreed terms and will remain as first-team manager at Oakwell.

The new deal will also keep David Flitcroft's assistant manager Micky Mellon, technical coach Martin Scott and the other backroom staff at Oakwell.

– Statement on the Barnsley website
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