Stoke City star says he is studying NBA superstar Steph Curry

Jack Butland is taking inspiration from Golden State Warriors basketball star.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has explained how he is taking inspiration and even tips to improve from NBA sensation Steph Curry.

Curry led the Golden State Warriors to last season's NBA championship last season and has them on pace for a record setting season this time around.

He is racking up statistics comparable to the great Michael Jordan, and is fast becoming a sporting icon who transcends cultures is recognised around the world.

Footballer Jack Butland is certainly a fan, and told The Times how he is studying Curry as he attempts to improve in his own sport, and push his potential to the max.

In practical terms the goalkeeper believes he can learn from Curry's jumping ability, helping him with his acrobatic attempts to keep the opposition score down.

He said: "I’m a big basketball fan. I look at the leap and the power. I have the NBA app and there’s a seven-minute clip of Stephen Curry on his pre-game routine. I see people winning and I want to know how they’ve got to that level, seeing the level of professionalism and focus. It’s motivation — I’ll get in even earlier [to training]."

For a team once derided as playing football comparable to rugby, Stoke are certainly shedding that image under Mark Hughes, and any edge they can get could just see them sneak into the European places when the season is at an end.

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