Butland was signed in January by former Stoke boss Tony Pulis before spending the second-half of last season on-loan at Birmingham City.
Butland admitted to talkSPORT: “It is a bit weird. I was signed by Pulis, and now he’s gone, but I was never really integrated into the set-up [having returned to Birmingham on loan], so this is a fresh start for everyone and puts everyone on the same page.
“But I’ve still got to impress the manager and put in the same effort. I was never expecting to walk in as No.1. I’m still only 20, still learning the game. The target, of course, is to be No.1, the same as it is for the other goalkeepers, so I’ll go in and try to show the manager what I can do and we’ll take it from there.”