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Jacob Butterfield signs for Norwich City

PUBLISHED: 16:59 03 July 2012

Jacob Butterfield (left) with fellow new signing Steven Whittaker (right) and Grant Holt (centre). Picture: Steve Adams

Jacob Butterfield (left) with fellow new signing Steven Whittaker (right) and Grant Holt (centre). Picture: Steve Adams

Jacob Butterfield has signed a four-year contract with Norwich City to become Chris Hughton’s second signing of the summer.

The former Barnsley captain, whose contract expired on June 30, arrives after a five-year spell at Oakwell and was unveiled at a press conference at Carrow Road this afternoon.

The England Under-21 international played 100 games in the Tykes midfield where he scored eight goals.

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.

“I’m 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.

“It’s a big club and everyone knows that, the training ground is lovely and Carrow Road is a great stadium. I’ve met a lot of lovely people already and I’m delighted to have signed. I’m just looking forward to getting down here and getting in to it now.”

Manager Chris Hughton said: “He’s 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 didn’t know about him before, he certainly would’ve 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 he’s a talent. He’s got that good balance between being a good age, but at 22-years old he’s also got that league experience as well. He’s a player very much on the up.”

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