22 year old Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield became Chris
Hughton's second signing of the 2012/13 pre-season when he
joined Norwich on a four year contract. His contract with Barnsley
ad expired but Norwich will have to pay compensation due to his
youth. The amount will be decided by tribunal. Manager Keith Hill,
who hoped Butterfield would stay at Oakwell, is unhappy with the
offer the Canaries have made for the player. "It seems
ridiculous that they are going to try and get him for as little
as they possibly can," he told BBC Radio Sheffield. "The
initial offer is an absolute joke. It's scandalous, disrespectful
to Barnsley as well as the management teams and his team-mates."
A fee was agreed between the clubs on 20th July 2012
Despite his youth, Butterfield had captained the Tykes and had
made 100 appearances for them. He was previously at Manchester
United for seven seasons as a youngster. He had been called up
to the England Under-21 squad when he injured his knee against
Leeds in December 2011 and did not play again in the 2011/12 season.
Butterfield said: I am absolutely delighted, Norwich
is a big club and did fantastic in the Premier League last season
and after speaking to Chris about how much he wanted to bring
me here to the club he really sold it to me. Im really looking
forward to getting on now and working under the gaffer. I spoke
to him several times and was really impressed with him; his knowledge
of football is second to none. Its a big club and everyone
knows that, the training ground is lovely and Carrow Road is a
great stadium. Ive met a lot of lovely people already and
Im delighted to have signed. Im just looking forward
to getting down here and getting in to it now.
Manager Chris Hughton said: Hes a player that
has shown great form at Barnsley in the first half of last season
playing off the front of the striker and he also spent some time
in the wider areas there. He caught my eye not only last season,
but in previous seasons. His form last year was a very good period
for him and for anybody who didnt know about him before,
he certainly wouldve caught their eye last season. That
is of course before he picked up an injury which is over now,
which we are delighted about, but hes a talent. Hes
got that good balance between being a good age, but at 22-years
old hes also got that league experience as well. Hes
a player very much on the up.
He made his Norwich debut in the Capital One Cup clash with Doncaster
Rovers on 26th September 2012.
On 8th November 2012, Butterfield was loaned to Bolton for a
month to get match experience. City boss Chris Hughton believes
the 22-year-old needs more match action: It was a tough
decision, because we brought Jacob here in the summer, and he
has been involved in squads but hasnt had the minutes on
the football pitch that he would have liked. Hes quite a
way from having played regular football, so its a really
good opportunity for him in a short period of time to get some
games under his belt, and then of course come back here even stronger.
The only reason hes going out on loan is to get games, and
at this particular moment we are able to do that because we havent
got too many injuries. He has done well here, trained well here,
and we could be selfish and keep him here, but we have to look
at it from the clubs point of view that we want him firing
on all cylinders.We were also very conscious of where he went,
and when the opportunity came for him to go to a club of the stature
of Bolton Wanderers at Championship level, that certainly had
something to do with the decision.
Butterfield returned to Norwich on 3rd January 2012 having made
9 appearances for Bolton.
Butterfield played in Norwich's third round FA Cup tie at Peterborough
before joining Crystal Palace on loan until 19th February 2013.
He made nine appearances for the Eagles.
Butterfield was sold to Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee
on 2nd September 2013 (Transfer Deadline Day). He signed a three-year
contract with a one-year option to extend
In August 2014, Butterfield was linked with a move to Huddersfield
as part of the deal that would see Adam Clayton join Boro. Butterfield
was supposedly interested as he had played for Terriers' manager
Mark Robins at Barnsley. However this
deal looked less likely after Robins' sacking on 10th August and
with Clayton expressing a wish to join Brighton instead.
Butterfield eventually signed for Huddersfield on 13th August
2014 as part of the deal that saw Clayton join Middlesbrough.
He had played 32 games for Boro.
On 1st September 2015, Butterfueld moved to Derby with the Rams
paying Huddersfield £4million for him. He had made 52 appearances
for the Terriers, scoring seven goals, and was named Player of
On 15th June 2016, Jacob was arrested at his own engagement party for assaulting one of the guests.
Butterfield returned to Yorkshire on 31st August 2017 joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan in a move that saw Owl's striker Sam Winnall join Derby.
On 31st January 2019, he was loaned to Bradford City until the end of the 2018/19 season. Unfortunately he could not help them avoid relegation to League Two on 19th April 2019 following a 2-0 defeat at Coventry. He was substituted in the 71st minute.
In July 2019, he began training with Blackburn Rovers ahead of a potential move. This was confirmed by Rovers' manager Tony Mowbray. Instead he signed for Luton Town on 30th July 2019 after having his contract with fellow Sky Bet Championship side Derby County terminated by mutual agreement. He was released by Luton at the end of the 2019/20 season having played 17 games and scoring once.
On 26th October 2020 he signed for Australian side Melbourne Victory (date recorded at 21st November 2020 by Soccerbase)