Butland's only taste of first team football was with Cheltenham last season in League Two.
Yates said: “He will handle it, no problem. There will be no difficulty with him being able to cope with it.
“Physically he is a strong boy, but mentally he is, too. He will love it, to be honest. I can see him rising to the challenge.
“He came to us as a young boy, but from the moment he got into the dressing room he wasn’t frightened in any way by the environment. He relished it.”