New recruit Jacob Butterfield cannot wait to tie his bootlaces again after signing a four-year contract with Norwich City.

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The 22-year-old Barnsley midfielder completed a move to Carrow Road yesterday, becoming manager Chris Hughton’s second signing in the space of four days.

Butterfield, who said last week he would leave Barnsley only for a club in the top flight, was out of contract at Oakwell, but as he is still under 24, the question of a fee is likely to be decided by a tribunal.

Barnsley were reported to have rejected City’s initial bid for the player as “derisory”.

Butterfield joined Barnsley at the age of 16 and made exactly 100 appearances for the club, scoring eight goals. He was made captain by manager Keith Hill last season and impressed before injuring his knee against Leeds in December, after which he was ruled out for the rest of the season.

But Hughton said he was pleased to get ahead of any rival clubs for his signature.

“There was competition and we’re delighted to have nipped in front of anybody else that wanted to acquire his services,” he said.

“We put a proposal to him and he liked what he saw here and that’s probably as important a factor – this is a club he wanted to be at and where he sees his future.

“We’re looking forward to getting him going. He’s a little bit behind the other lads because he did pick up an injury midway through the season that has hindered his progress a little bit. But the attraction is his age, 22.”

Hughton added: “He is a player who can play in three different positions so he does have that adaptability to his game but he’s a player that likes to get on the ball. He has ability both sides and he played in a good team last season and I think that helped his progress.

“It was a team that wanted to play and wanted to pass the ball and I very much look forward to him taking that progress on.

“I’ve seen Jacob play in a wide area, I’ve seen him play in midfield and I’ve seen him, predominantly last season, playing off the front man. He’s got that type of ability.”

Butterfield, introduced to reporters along with fellow new signing Steven Whittaker, a free agent after leaving Rangers, said he was eager to start training.

“It’s been tough, a lot of time in the gym and a lot of time in the physio room and not playing football, something I’m not used to,” he said.

“I’ve never had an injury like that before. I’m still young, but it’s the first injury I’ve had so I couldn’t really enjoy not playing.

“I definitely am look forward to getting my boots back on and kicking a ball around again and getting back on the pitch and obviously in the Premier League, which is a big step up.

“So it’s a really exciting time in my career.”

Butterfield, who has represented England Under-21s, has played twice at Carrow Road for his former club.

He said: “I’ve played here a couple of times for Barnsley and there was always a fantastic atmosphere.

“The pitch is lovely and we’ll be looking to play some good football here. I’m just delighted to have it sorted and looking forward to getting into it.”

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20 comments

  • Eeh baht gum, its Butterfield tut 'Owson an then on tut 'Olt, unt by 'eck, ball's int back ut net!

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    Swiss Canary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Had a look at the Donkeys` message boards the other day (you can tell I`ve not been well!). The poor fans do not seem at all happy with their manager, the Chief Exec, Evanescent Evans, the players or anything else. All doom and gloom. I think they could struggle to stay up. Jewell must be close to the exit door. Club in disarray. Like we were 3 years ago.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Preparing for the championship already..

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    billytheolympicbookie

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I`d like to see Vaughan come good too, cutty. Apparantly he has quite a feisty, physical presence (when he`s not injured). I hope the physios, physicians and fitness folk have well and truly finished mending him now. We can but hope. So far, the only one of the previous manager`s surviving signings not to have come good.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • that bookie chap,is he a bit simple?he do s not seem capable of stringing more than six words to-gether.

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    bluelight

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Your (sic) both right cutty & bluelight. I think even Ar-chant are looking out for silly billy`s dodgier offerings instead of just frustrating genuine correspondents with their randomly selective ethering. Oxymorons rule OK. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Doubly ethered.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I like loook o' Butterfield ont' pitch , but by 'eck, he's a miserable s*d! Does 'e ever smile fut camera? PS. The wife's from Barnsley - she hates me even more now!

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    canarydownunder

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • I'm really, really, really sick of posting intelligent views on this board, with no swearing, only to have 'em disavanish on me. I'm pretty close to giving up EDP. It's almost like you don't want people to post ...

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    Timbo

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Ar-chant have rejected several of my posts for reasons unexplainable - not good enough!! On a side note, Wilbraham to Crystal Palace it seems!

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    wisemanthree

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • I wonder, when the financial Fair Play Rules, or whatever they`re called, are introduced, Norwich will be ahead of the big Prem clubs in that they know how to recruit good players without throwing funny money around. We could do a Cloughie style raid on the trophy cabinet! I assume those new rules will be worth more than the paper they`re written on.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Timbo, as much as I empathise (sympathise?), don`t give up. That`d be handing victory to the mischievous schoolchildren of the Moderator`s dept. Ditto to wisemanthree. Interesting that Palace would rather have Wilby on a free than Beccles Boy for a fee? Damn these spontaneous rhyming couplets! Aaron`s a good ol` boi. Good luck, Aaron. candownund, you`re not Michael Parkinson`s secret son-in-law are you? Or Geoff Boycott`s brother in law? Dickie Bird`s distant adoptive nephew? Is that why you went to Oz; to escape?? ;-) Definition of a misogynist:- "A man who doesn`t just hate the women he married". Plural on purpose. OTBC.

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • MB of course the rules will have integrity. They were drawn up with advice from people in the world of banking....................

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Oh my God, Bankers!..... There is NO hope, then. Holty`s quite 2-footed. Surman & Hoolahoop are very left-footed - though Surs did score a right foot goal last season. Vaughan is no-footed so far, since he doesn`t actually seem to play. I wonder if he will?

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Yes Bilie your boys are preparing for the championship and with luck may get a top half finish

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Don't encourage him bluelight six words are more than enough

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Don`t give up, Timbo!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

  • The big clubs will still have financial clout in the transfer market but they can't spend in excess of their income. It should make things very interesting in the seasons to come. Clubs will no longer be able to buy titles but will have to work for it! What a concept!

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    CovCanary

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • One small concern for me has been the number of players in the squad who are one footed. It seems Whittaker and Butterfield are comfortable using both. That itself may be a sign the squad is progressing

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    Pondlife

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

  • Vaughan's boots remind me of those pop socks we use to wear in the fifties. I just hope he's got the flair to match the bright colour. I remain hopeful

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    cutty

    Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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