JACOB Butterfield has told The Star the chance to play in the Premier League was just “too good to turn down” after he signed for Norwich City yesterday.
Butterfield penned a four-year deal with the Canaries having rejected a new contract to stay at Oakwell, although a fee for the player will now be decided by a tribunal.
The Reds rejected what manager Keith Hill described as a “derisory” offer from the Canaries for Butterfield’s services, with a tribunal now deciding the fee for the player because he is aged under 24.
Barnsley are due compensation for Butterfield even though his old contract expired at the end of June.
“It’s going to go to a tribunal, but we won’t get what we deserve for Jacob,” Hill told The Star. “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 deal is Norwich City.
“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.
“But we’ve got to get on with business and I still want to sign a central midfielder, a winger and a goalkeeper. Hopefully we can get a keeper in the building before we go to Marbella for pre-season.”
Hill did all he could to keep 22-year-old Butterfield at Oakwell, but told The Star he wished the player “every success” in the future now he has opted for pastures new 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. I think Jacob is sometimes understood, but we gave him the platform to develop as a player and I know he takes his football very seriously.
“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.”