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TERRY BUTCHER is mustering an English army north of the border - and makes absolutely no apology for it.

The Caley Thistle general insists Sassenach and non-Scots recruits will play with the same passion as the natives in Highland derbies and big SPL matches.

Butcher, left, admits it has been a conscious choice to focus his recruitment drive south of the border.

But he revealed financial prudence, rather than patriotism, lies behind the policy.

Summer signings Gary Warren, Jason Oswell and David Raven all hail from Butcher's homeland, while another target, ex-Macclesfield midfielder Ross Draper, is also English.

Butcher said: "I'm conscious that we are looking predominantly at the English market but there is good quality available down there.

"They train well, work well and are educated well in the game. That's what you're looking at. To get Scottish players, you can pay a lot more money. Without naming individuals, we have been priced out of certain moves for Scottish lads.

"Certain players are not worth that kind of money. It's a difficult market.

"I don't think the fans quite understand why we are looking so much at the English market.

"I'd love to sign Scottish players. I'm really not concerned at all with a player's nationality, just whether he is good enough and within our budget."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 6, 2012
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