Butler commits to Saddlers
Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:38:00
Leeds defender Tom Lees is hoping he has done enough to be included in Stuart Pearce's England Under-21s squad for this summer's European Championships.
The 22-year-old centre-half made his fifth appearance for Pearce's Young Lions in Monday night's 4-0 win over Austria in Brighton and played up until the 74th minute.
Pearce is expected to name his squad for the tournament in Israel around May 13, with his side's opening match scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv.
Lees, in his second season as a regular starter for Leeds, made his debut for England Under-21s in a 1-0 win over Norway in Chesterfield last September.
Swindon sit just one point off the League One automatic promotion places having taken seven points out of a possible 12 since MacDonald took charge.
But the former Aston Villa coach is putting thoughts of new deals for his players to the back of his mind during the run-in.
"Once we've sorted out where we are, whether it's this division or the next, we can start talking about contracts because money is very different in the Championship," he told the BBC.
"All the players I've seen so far are worthy of playing for Swindon in the Championship. The big focus for me is 'can we get promotion?' If we do then we'll sit down and look at things.
"We've got to see where we are because if we are in the Championship, it may be a different calibre of player we require."
Butler, 29, has been a rock at the heart of the Saddlers' defence since his arrival in November 2010, making over 120 appearances and winning the club's Player of the Year award for the past two seasons running.
His new deal, which includes the option of a further 12 months, provides a real shot in the arm for manager Dean Smith and his promotion-chasing side.
Butler said: "I'm really pleased to have signed this new deal. My career has been revived here and I can't praise the gaffer enough, he's treated me well and is one of the main reasons why I have signed.
"He's a great manager and there are some good times ahead for the club, so I am delighted to be part of it."
Boss Smith added: "This news is a big boost to the club. Andy has been fantastic for me. He is a leader of men and commands the total respect of the players, supporters and myself."