It wasn’t difficult for Richmond’s recruiters to notice Daniel Butler in 2014. 

The Tigers’ fourth pick in the National Draft had all the attributes they were looking for – speed, skills, and goalkicking nous. 

And there were plenty of opportunities to see Butler in action – he played for his school (St Pat’s College), TAC Cup team (North Ballarat Rebels), represented Vic Country at the National Championships, and even snuck in a game at VFL level with the North Ballarat Roosters. 

Become a Richmond member today, for the 2015 season 

“Playing all that footy last year was pretty full on,” Butler told Roar Vision. 

“With year 12 as well, there was a lot of times I had to sacrifice things, like school or extra sessions. 

“I think I handled it pretty well.  I had good time management, and I just sorted everything out.” 

Butler was taken with selection 67 in the Draft, and already feels “at home” in his new surroundings. 

“The boys have welcomed me in, and it’s made the transition so much easier for me,” he said. 

“Coming in, I was nervous, but they’ve all just accepted me, and brought me into the Club, and now I feel at home here. 

“Pre-season here has been tough – it’s nothing like I’ve ever done before.

“It’s a massive step up from everything, just training every day.  It’s a big difference from training at the Rebels twice a week. 

“It’s good fun.  It’s good being around the boys, and you know you’re getting fitter each day. 

“Everyone’s just looking forward to Round 1.” 

Injury has restricted Butler to light duties so far, but the 18-year-old is looking to make an impact in the pre-season campaign. 

“My main goal is to get back to full training.  If I can get a NAB Cup game, that’d be great, but I’m not putting any expectations on myself,” he said. 

“I’ve got to get into full training again, and just show what I can do.”