New signing Butterfield on joining Huddersfield Town
New signing Jacob Butterfield has come to Huddersfield Town to win.
The 24 year-old midfielder signed a four year contract at ‘The Yorkshire Club’ yesterday after a protracted transfer deal that saw Adam Clayton move to Middlesbrough with Town also receiving a seven figure fee.
He had to stay patient to see the deal come to fruition, Jacob told htafc.com that the Club held a big appeal to him.
“I’ve spoken with everyone at the Club, including the Chairman a few times, and they’ve sold the Club to me. I’ve never had a Chairman call me before to be honest, so for that to happen and for him to tell me how much I’m wanted here was brilliant for me. The people at the Club were impressive in their aspirations for Huddersfield Town.
“Since I left Barnsley I’ve not felt like I’ve been really appreciated at a Club, but I feel like that already here. It’s great for any player to have that vote of confidence and to feel valued. I need to go and earn that confidence now by doing my talking on the pitch.
“I’ve only just turned 24 years old and I’ve played 150 Championship games, so I want to show how big a player I can be in this division. I’ve signed a four year deal here because I want to settle down and be a big part of things going forward.”
The Bradford-born midfielder has over 150 Championship appearances under his belt and believes that Town’s passing philosophy is a recipe for success in this division.
“Huddersfield Town is doing everything right and is heading in the right direction; everyone around the place is really positive. There is such a good setup at the training ground - there is real potential at this Club.
“Most importantly for me, the Club wants to play good, exciting football in the right way – that really interested me. That philosophy and style comes from the Chairman down to every member of staff, so I’m sure they want the next manager to come in and play in that fashion.
“I want to play in that way; passing the ball around on the floor; hopefully we can entertain the fans. I want to win – I’ve come here to be successful. I think we’ll have a successful year.
“It’s all about consistency and intensity; if you work hard, you will get your rewards. It’s all well and good playing a good style of football, but you have to win games along with it. Let’s hope we can find that consistency.”
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Jacob should fit straight in at PPG Canalside, having previously played with a few of his new teammates.
“I’ve played with a couple of the lads here; James Vaughan at Norwich City and Adam Hammill at Barnsley. The squad isn’t too unfamiliar and I’m sure I’ll fit in straight away being a Yorkshire lad.
“There are some good players here. I played against Huddersfield twice for Middlesbrough last season and I was impressed by the style and ability.”
Butterfield will be involved in the squad as Town prepare for tough Championship away days at Cardiff City and Reading in the next week.
“We have some tough games coming up, but after the disappointing first weekend we need to get some points on the board. Cardiff and Reading are exciting games and I’m looking forward to getting right in the thick of it. We need to show everyone what we’re all about.
“It has been a mad week, to be honest, but I’m delighted I’m here now and I can focus on playing football. I’m looking forward to getting out on the pitch and pulling on the Town strip.”