Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland is full of praise for English football's loan system.

The keeper recently joined Barnsley until January after failing to break through at Stoke.

"The ­Championship is a very tough, hard-fought league," he said.

"You probably get less time on the ball but it's a good way to set yourself up to go on and play in the Premier League.

"It might have surprised a few people for me to go to Barnsley but it means I am playing.

"I'm very thankful for going out on loan."

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