Writer: The Tuckster
Date:Thursday September 5 2013
Ex-City midfielder, Jacob Butterfield has spoken out about his 'lost year' at Norwich and the fact that he didn't get a chance (he might have a point), as well as his new challenge at Middlesborough.
He told the Northern Echo:
"I felt excluded down in Norwich after the first few months, but now I want to be part of something good up here and I`m thankful in the manager for showing faith in me and now I have to repay him for that "It was difficult at Norwich. I was coming back from injury and they sent out on loan and I was all over the place. I said I`d go back and give it a good go in pre-season and see where I was at, but I still wasn`t going to be part of the manager`s plans.
"You go there thinking you`ve worked so hard to and you think you`re going to move onto the next level of your career, but for me it was more like a backward step.
"You get forgotten about and people start to question you from the outside, but there`s other reason for that. It`s not that I`m not good enough. I think under a different manager I would have played at Norwich, but it was his (Hughton`s) decision and all I can do it move on and look to the future with Middlesbrough.
"I`ve got myself in a place now where I accept what happened and I`m ready to go again. I want to play in the Premier League - that`s the reason I went to Norwich - but it didn`t work out and now I want to get back there with Boro."
Once described by his old manager at Barnsley as 'the best midfielder in the championship' the player never got a shot at the Premier League with Chris Hughton and deserves another chance - he hopes that will come with his new club.
He said: 'The main thing I need to do is play games and I suppose re-invent myself as the player I was before.
"I almost feel like I`ve been forgotten about. I didn`t really play many games at Norwich and in football you can be forgotten about quite quickly so I didn`t hesitate to drop down to the Championship. I got a move to the Premier League from good performances in this league, but with Middlesbrough I think there`s the potential to get back there as a club and I`d love to be part of it."
Butterfield is still only 23 and first heard of the offer of a move to 'Boro at around 5pm on Monday, with the 3 year deal being signed just before 11pm. He spent 7 years in the academy at Old Trafford before moving to Barnsley, where he quickly moved up to the first team and caught Chris Hughton's and it seems, Tony Mowbray's eye.
But Jacob is pleased he made the move and just wants to play now and spoke in glowing terms about his new club and manager.
"I know the manager (Mowbray) has liked me as a player for a while. Boro is a big club, the set-up is fantastic. He`s a good manager and the team plays the right style of football for me. The whole thing was appealing and I was struggling to see any negatives of moving here and I didn`t hesitate to get the deal done and I`m glad it is done now."
All the best Jacob, hope it all works out for you.
Date:Thursday September 5 2013
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