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Departing Jacob thanked Reds despite 'ups and downs'

Tuesday 3rd July 2012
Jacob Butterfield.

Jacob Butterfield has thanks Barnsley FC and their fans after leaving for Premier League club Norwich City.


The 22-year-old midfielder told the Chronicle that he had 'ups and downs' at Oakwell but that he is grateful to the club.


“I owe a lot to the coaching staff and fans at Barnsley for that they have done for me," he said.


"I have had some bad times at Barnsley and some disagreements with certain people but others times have been fantastic. I was happy at Barnsley and I really enjoyed working under Keith Hill.


"He is doing a fantastic job and I am sure they will be successful next season. There will be a lot of good times ahead under Keith Hill so the fans should be really excited.


“There were several points when I sat down with the gaffer and talked about my future and I considered signing for Barnsley. Until very recently it was still an option but I have always been honest and said I want to play in the Premier League. I had a lot of options and it was a tough decision to make but I have definitely made the right choice in  joining Norwich."


Butterfield joined Barnsley at 16 and made exactly 100 appearances for the club and scored eight goals. He was in and out of the team under previous manager Mark Robins and was made to apologise to fans after a drink driving incident. But under Keith Hill he blossomed into the club's star player and was given the captaincy. He was expected to leave in January but an injury sustained against Leeds in late December ended his seasons.


The Reds are reported to have rejected a bid for Butterfield by the Canaries and the deal is now likely to go to tribunal as the player is under 24.