Butterfield wants Selhurst stay
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Eagles are currently preparing for life in the top flight and boss Iain Dowie has been busy trying to strengthen his squad.
However, he will be delighted to learn that one of his most established performers is ready to extend his contract at Selhurst Park.
Butterfield has been a fixture at right back for Palace since joining from Grimsby Town in the summer of 2002, and is now set to open talks on a new deal.
"Obviously I want to tie myself to the club for as long as possible," declared Butterfield. "I really enjoy it here.
"It's good to hear that from the manager, to hear that you are a part of his plans and I am more than happy to sort a deal out."
With Palace team-mates Wayne Routledge and Danny Granville also looking ready to sign new contracts, Butterfield believes bright times lie ahead for the club and pinpointed Dowie as the catalyst for the club's revival.
"Now Iain Dowie is my boss I want to be playing for him for as long as possible," he continued.
"He is one of the best managers in the country. He has been linked with other jobs already and we all know he is going to be a very successful manager in the future.
"If we can keep him at Crystal Palace there will be some good times ahead."