Clyne Will Flourish, Says Danny

By SFC Media Fri 20 Jul Club

Danny Butterfield has backed new signing Nathaniel Clyne to be a success after the former Crystal Palace duo were reunited at Saints.

The pair spent time together at Selhurst Park until Butterfield was allowed to join Southampton in July 2010, freeing up Clyne to establish himself as the Eagles' first-choice right-back.

New-boy Nathaniel told Saints Player on Thursday that 'Butts' had played a part in helping him learn his trade with his former club.

And Danny remembers their working relationship fondly - adding that Clyne has the attributes to settle in well with the Saints squad.

"We had a good relationship there, and he's a good signing for the Club," Butterfield said.

"His pace is a massive part of his game - he is an attacking full-back and he's a good, solid defender as well. I think he'll certainly add enthusiasm into the group, and I'm sure he'll be a good signing.

"He brings competition for places, which can only be good for the Football Club. I'm looking forward to the competition, and that's what we need going into the Premier League because it's a tough league.

"Hopefully we'll all help each-other along."

Butterfield played the first half of Wednesday's friendly win over Étoile Carouge, where Saints ran out 4-1 victors.

And the defender feels that the squad's pre-season preparations are coming along nicely: "We're progressing slowly through pre-season, and Wednesday's friendly was certainly another workout," he said.

"It was a good result and it was good to have won the game, and it showed the lads are getting fitter game-by-game.

"The pitch and the heat played its part in the first half, but the sun set in the second. They (Étoile Carouge) were certainly competitive and they gave us a test in the first half but the boys finished the game strongly and got us the win."

"The training will continue to be intense, which we need it to be to get fit," Butterfield added ahead of tomorrow's game against Évian Thonon Gaillard.

"We've got another game against a good team who are in the top division in France, so that's something we'll look forward to as we keep progressing through pre-season."

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