This week’s former Academy player is Calum Butcher…
Calum Butcher started his career with Ipswich Town’s Academy before joining Blues' Academy in 2006, he spent just one year in the U18s side before being snatched up by Premier League side Tottenham.
Butcher worked his way through their youth system proving to be a real asset in the centre of midfield and in 2009 he was sent out on loan to Barnet to gain first team experience, but his spell only gave him four appearances, all from the bench, halting his development as a young player.
After failing to break into the first team he left Tottenham and joined non-league side Hayes & Yeading, but his stay was short and after a move up north he joined Dundee United on a two-year deal.
After four years since turning professional he finally made his first start for a club which came on 2nd August 2013 against Partick Thistle in the Scottish Premiership. He spent two seasons in Scotland and played as a first team regular under Jackie McNamara.
In 2015 he returned to England and joined Burton Albion, he came up against Blues in both home and away games that season. He made over 40 appearances and scored six goals.
After a very successful season that saw him earn automatic promotion to the Championship with Burton he was snatched up by Millwall and was thrown straight into Neal Ardley’s first team squad.
But during his spell with the Lions he featured more on the bench towards the end of the season and despite winning promotion to the Championship for a second time in two seasons he left Millwall in the summer of 2017 to join League Two side Mansfield Town.
Butcher is still currently under contract at Mansfield Town, having already played over 20 games for the club this season also scoring on three occasions and with Butcher only being 26-years-old he has a lot more seasons to show the club what he’s got.