The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Joshua Richards

FOR­MER Walsall cap­tain Andy But­ler has pleaded with Sad­dlers fans for for­give­ness after he made a shock re­turn on loan.

The 30-year-old cen­tre­back re­jected a new deal to sign for Sh­effield United this sum­mer in or­der to be closer to his York­shire home.

How­ever he has made just one ap­pear­ance for the Blades, in the League Cup in Au­gust.

“It’s great to be back here,” he said.“It was a tough decision for me to leave in the sum­mer; I didn’t leave the club on bad terms, it was more for off-the-field rea­sons, so hope­fully the fans can un­der­stand this.

“I’m go­ing to give ev­ery­thing I’ve got dur­ing my time here; I just want to be out there play­ing foot­ball and mak­ing a con­tri­bu­tion.

“As a pro­fes­sional when you are not play­ing, it does get you down, but the op­por­tu­nity to get back into ac­tion has cer­tainly put a smile on my face.”

But­ler first ar­rived at the Banks’s Sta­dium in Novem­ber 2010 when he was signed by man­ager Dean Smith’s pre­de­ces­sor, Chris Hutch­ings.

He has twice been voted the Sad­dlers’ player of the sea­son, scor­ing 14 times in 172 ap­pear­ances.

FOR­GIVE ME: Andy But­ler

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