Dan Butler: Torquay United 'can get back up into league'

By Brent PilnickBBC Sport
Dan Butler
Dan Butler made his debut for Portsmouth in August 2012

Torquay United left-back Dan Butler says there is no reason why the club cannot make it back into the Football League this season.

The former Portsmouth defender, 20, moved to Plainmoor earlier this month.

Torquay are in their second season in the National League after relegation from League Two in April 2014, and have new owners and a new manager.

"Hopefully if we do well as a group, and me individually, we can get back up into League football," he said.

The club has seen financial cutbacks after a consortium of local businesspeople took over last month, with Torquay's youth academy closing down and manager Paul Cox having a reduced budget to work with.

And, while that financial weakness might mean there is less clamour for success from the Gulls' supporters, Butler feels there will be just as much intent to win from within the squad.

"Maybe there will be less pressure from the fans," he said. "I've only known the lads for a week or two but I think we will put pressure on ourselves to do well.

"We all want to succeed, we're not going to be happy with just drawing games or losing them.

"Hopefully by Christmas we're up there and maybe we can have a go."