Jacob Butterfield


Jacob Butterfield

Jacob Butterfield
  • Number34
  • PositionMidfielder
  • Signed13/12/21
  • Previous ClubsBarnsley, Norwich, Bolton, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Derby, Sheffield Wednesday, Bradford, Luton, Melbourne Victory
  • NationalityEnglish
  • Date of Birth10th June 1990
  • Place of BirthBradford, England

Jacob Butterfield signed for St Johnstone on the 13th of December, 2021. Butterfield signed as a free agent after leaving the Australian A-League side, Melbourne Victory. 

The journeyman from Bradford would make Saints his 12th career club, after spells mainly dotted around England's championship division. Butterfield would make an quick impact at Saints, scoring just 9 days after signing. 

Born in Bradford, Butterfield spent a brief spell with the youth team of hometown club Bradford City at the age of 7 or 8, before joining the Manchester United Academy.

Butterfield was described as a star of the future by manager at the time, Simon Davey. He had worked with Butterfield in the Barnsley academy before being appointed as manager in 2006. He made his debut for Barnsley in a League Cup tie against Newcastle United in August 2007 coming on as a substitute for Martin Devaney during a 2–0 loss. Butterfield also made a substitute appearance in Barnsley's 2008 FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff City.

On 3 July 2012, Butterfield signed for Norwich City on a four-year contract. Butterfield was out of contract, but Barnsley were entitled to compensation, due to his age. He made his debut for the club on 26 September in a 1–0 win over Doncaster Rovers in the Football League Cup. However, he failed to gain a first team place at the club, with his only other first team appearance being another League Cup game against Tottenham Hotspur, and spent most of his time with Norwich out on loan.

From here Butterfield would go on to sign for Middlesbrough on a 3 year contract. Butterfield would impress at his time here and attract attention from potential suitors higher up in the league. 

On 13 August 2014, Butterfield joined Huddersfield Town and signed a four-year deal, which was part of a swap deal that saw Adam Clayton join Middlesbrough. He made his début for the Terriers in their 3–1 defeat to Cardiff City at the Cardiff City Stadium on 16 August 2014.  He went on to score 7 goals at his time here, created many more and was voted the club's Player of the Season for the 2014–15 season.

On 1 September 2015, Butterfield joined Derby County for around £5 million on a four-year deal. He scored his first goal for The Rams in a 3–0 win over Rotherham United on 31 October 2015. He scored twice for Derby County away at Hull on his 200th appearance of his Football League career.

From here Butterfield would go on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and then Bradford in the January. Butterfield then had his contarct terminated at Derby and moved to Luton for an undisclosed fee. 

After being released from Luton Butterfield headed for pastures new and joined Melbourne Victory in Australia. 

On 13 December 2021, Butterfield joined Scottish Premiership side St Johnstone until the end of the season. On 22 December 2021, Butterfield scored his first goal for St Johnstone in a 2–1 defeat against Ross County in the Scottish Premiership.

Butterfield is number 34 for Saints.