Doncaster Rovers: No approach made to Andy Butler

Doncaster-born Andy Butler is a free agent after turning down a contract extension at Walsall
Doncaster-born Andy Butler is a free agent after turning down a contract extension at Walsall

Rovers have made no contact with Doncaster-born defender Andy Butler over a potential deal, the Star understands.

Butler has been linked with a move to his home town club after deciding not to take up the option of extending his current deal with Walsall.

The 30-year-old Saddlers skipper is expected to attract a good deal of attention after turning down a deal to remain at the Bescot Stadium.

But it is understood Rovers have yet to express any interest directly to Balby-born Butler or his representatives.

Rovers boss Paul Dickov has spent the last fortnight speaking to potential transfer targets over their availability and interest in a switch to the Keepmoat.

Dickov will today present a list of targets to the Rovers board who are then set to decide on the funds available for next season.

Former Scunthorpe centre half Butler has also been linked with a return to Glanford Park as well as Sheffield United.

He has ambitions of becoming a Football League referee and has reached the level six qualification.

Butler can regularly be seen officiating games in the Doncaster Sunday Alliance League.

Current employers Walsall announced yesterday Butler had declined the option of a further year with the club he joined four years ago.

Saddlers boss Dean Smith said: “He wants to look elsewhere and see what other options are available to him.

“If his future does lie away from us we wish him well because he has been a fantastic servant.

“He has been a tremendous captain and leader and a well respected figure both on and off the field.”