Saints swoop for Butterfield

Defender pens one-year Southampton deal

Butterfield: Joins Southampton

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Southampton have continued building for a promotion push in the coming season by signing experienced defender Danny Butterfield.

The 30-year-old joins The Saints on a free transfer having been released by The Eagles this summer after eight seasons with the Selhurst Park outfit.

Butterfield brings a wealth of experience to Alan Pardew's team having accrued 250 starts for Palace at Premier League and Championship level.

The club's newest signing is now the second ex-Palace defender in the Saints squad, following his old team-mate Jose Fonte to the south coast.

Butterfield will be vying with another summer signing, Frazier Richardson, to start at right-back for the League One outfit this season.