Barnsley manager Keith Hill admitted there was little he could to fend off Norwich City’s pursuit of Jacob Butterfield – even though he felt their offer was “an insult”.

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Tykes youth product Butterfield was out of contract after turning down a new deal at Oakwell – however, as he is under 24 Barnsley are entitled to compensation, if not a transfer fee.

And having valued his starlet at £3m in April, Hill was left not best pleased by the Canaries’ best offer – one he subsequently described as “derisory”.

A tribunal will now agree over the coming weeks the fee due from Carrow Road. But Hill’s frustrations at the current compensation system – one arguably set to become even less beneficial under new player performance plans to be introduced from next season – were clear.

“We won’t get what we deserve for Jacob,” said Hill. “I haven’t got any problems with Jacob, we’ve got a superb relationship. It’s the system which I don’t like. The only people who will benefit from this are Norwich.

“Jacob will be playing for them next season and we might not have had the tribunal to see how much money we’ll get for him.

“The offer we got from Norwich was an insult to myself, the club and a massive insult to Jacob Butterfield. I know why Norwich did it. That’s what Premier League sides can do.”

Despite being out injured for the second half of last season, speculation over Butterfield’s future has been a recurring theme – and Hill has acknowledged for some time his player was most likely to move to the Premier League. That came true on Tuesday, as Butterfield signed a four-year deal at Carrow Road.

“Jacob’s a great player and we’d love to have kept him, but he wanted to play in the Premier League and there was nothing more we could do to keep him,” admitted Hill. “I wish him every success. We gave him the platform to develop and I know he takes his football very seriously.”

Butterfield has not kicked a ball in anger this year, undergoing knee surgery following an anterior cruciate injury suffered in a 4-1 win over Leeds on the final day of 2011.

And while the break and rehab has been a new experience, it has only heightened the midfielder’s taste for a return to action – one now set to take place at English football’s top table.

“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,” said Butterfield.

“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 looking forward to getting my boots back on and kicking a ball around again and getting back on the pitch – and in the Premier League, which is a big step up. So it’s a really exciting time in my career.

“I’ve played at Carrow Road 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.”

11 comments

  • That`s it Chelmsford Yella, the food chain. Cordon Bleu for the top-feeders and primordial soup for the bottom feeders. Bit like life in general, really.

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    Mad Brewer

    Sunday, July 8, 2012

  • BTW, Derby took "derisory" to the extreme when they signed Lee Croft from Norwich. Although Croft was released early from his contract, Derby delayed his signing until he had passed 24. Now, were we stitched up? Did we need to release him early? Anybody remember what happened? LC is on loan at Oldham now.....

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Good afternoon, bluelight, thankyou. Perhaps it`s only oldies like us that can rise to that level of simplicity? I sometimes wonder whether there is the desire at the FA to address these issues. If there were procedures, how could the big clubs bully the little ones? In this case NCFC are seen as the big bullies. The whole media circus would be threatened and Agents would become an endangered sub-species. David Beckham gets his Knighthood, becomes President of FIFA and Governor of California. The one near Hemsby. ;-)

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Thanks, GMF. So the early release from the contract was an irrelevance anyway? Derby just needed to bide their time. I misunderstood what I`d read; the "early release" thing was a red herring really.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • It`s a pity every player or coach move these days seems to be accompanied by a degree of rancour. Maybe a standard procedure should be put in place for under-24 players. Once the move and personal terms are agreed, the compensation decision is passed directly to the panel. No "derisory" offers allowed.

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • And Barnsley are fully entitled to offer a derisory figure for the next League One starlet they pick up. It's football's food chain and I'm so glad we're at the top end of it.

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    Chelmsford Yella

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Not allowed to reply, bluelight. Ethered twice. Thanks, perhaps only oldies like we are can ascend to that high level of simplicity. It would put the FA`s secret agenda in jeopardy. Big clubs cannot bully small ones. Agents cannot manipulate themselves a fortune. Media cannot foment distress and unrest amongst footy fans. All will be well when Beckham gets his knighthood, becomes President of FIFA and is elected Governor of California, (near Hemsby).

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    Mad Brewer

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • Lee Croft was born on the 21st June 1985 and his contract with NCFC expired on the 30th June 1999, meaning he was 9 days over 24 so we got nothing

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    GMF

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • good idea brew .its so simple you would have thought that even the f a could have thought of that.

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    bluelight

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • I notice they use the emotive term "insult" rather than saying it's a serious undervaluation which is what it really is ( in Barnsley's eyes). A bit of playing to the gallery by Keith Hill to avoid any criticism over Butterfield's loss...

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    Timbo

    Friday, July 6, 2012

  • GMF in that case did we get his true worth! A bit like tax avoidance - if the rules are immoral change the rules. If the opportunity comes for Barnsley to do the same to a lower league club will Mr Hill still take the high ground?

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    Pondlife

    Friday, July 6, 2012

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