UPDATED 04:39 27th August 2015
PATIENCE has seemingly paid off for Jack Butland with the 2015/16 season appearing to be his big chance at establishing himself as Stoke City's number one.
Butland had been waiting in the wings for several years under the shadow of Asmir Begovic but following the Bosnian's departure to Champions Chelsea, manager Mark Hughes appears ready to trust him with the gloves on a full-time basis.
Whilst in the 'waiting room' behind Asmir, the highly-rated shot stopper spent a spell at Derby County in the Championship towards the end of last term before then going on captain to his country in the UEFA Under-21 European Championships over the summer.
Already an experienced figure on the international scene, Jack became the youngest ever England goalkeeper when he made his debut against Italy in 2012, aged just 19 years and 158 days.
He also played a starring role for Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics whilst incredibly still waiting for his first team debut back at former club Birmingham City!
A product of the Blues Academy, he made his reserve team debut as a 16-year-old and was named their Young Player of the Year at the end of the 2009/10 campaign.
Valuable first team experience was gained during two loan spells with Cheltenham Town before getting his big break with Birmingham.
Impressive form propelled him into the limelight with Jack being linked with a host of top-flight outfits - reportedly rejecting the opportunity to discuss a potential move to Chelsea - before joining Stoke on the final day of the January 2013 transfer window.
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