BARNSLEY midfielder Jacob Butterfield has been offered a new two-and-a-half-year deal.
The club’s youngest ever skipper has been in sparkling form this season and is the Reds’ top scorer with four goals.
But the 21-year-old former academy scholar’s contract runs out in the summer and boss Keith Hill is keen to retain his services.
“It’s still very early days, I’ve got to make a big decision on my future,” Butterfield told The Star.
“I’ve worked hard in my career and hard to get where I am now, so I’ve got a lot of things to consider for my future.
“I’m happy where I am at the minute. I owe a lot to Barnsley for the chance they’ve given me because when I was 15 I was really close to quitting football.
“I’d just left Manchester United and had trials at Blackburn Rovers and Fulham, but they never came to anything.
“I’d get the same response from most places I went: that I was technically brilliant but a little too small and underdeveloped. It was very frustrating.
“Barnsley was a last resort and thankfully they gave me the chance. Simon Davey had just become manager and [youth team boss] Ronnie Branston were keen to let me show what I could do.
“And now under Keith and Flicker [David Flitcroft] I’m getting the games that I’ve always wanted, which has been great.
“They’ve given me the responsibility of being captain and I’ve been repaying them with my performances.”
Butterfield, who has helped the club go on a seven-match unbeaten run, added: “I’m really enjoying my opportunities, I can’t thank the gaffer and Flicker enough.
“Our relationship has developed from pre-season. It took time to get going, but we’ve got a good relationship.
“It’s great to have been offered a new deal, but I’m not in any rush to make a decision because this is a very big point in my career.
Butterfield is rumoured to have attracted the interest of Southampton, but Reds director Don Rowing confirmed: “Jacob’s been offered a new deal and we’re waiting to hear his response.
“We’ve had no enquiries from Southampton or any other club for him, but of course we’re keen to keep him. He’s been excellent for us this season and is a player liked by the fans.”
Meanwhile, Hill has told The Star of a potential one-month loan move for defender Luke Potter to Alfreton Town
“They [Alfreton] wanted to take Luke on loan, but they couldn’t, in the end, for some reason,” said Hill. “But maybe there’s a possibility for that to happen at a later stage.”