Derby County made Jacob Butterfield their eighth signing of the 2015 summer transfer window in September 2015.
The midfielder joined the Rams from fellow Sky Bet Championship side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee. A former England Under 21 international squad member, he signed a four-year deal until the summer of 2019.
From there, Butterfield quickly established himself as a regular face in the Derby first team after making his debut in Derby’s 2-1 win over Preston North End – the club’s first victory of the 2015/16 campaign.
He went on to play in 40 fixtures for the Rams over the course of the 2015/16 campaign and notably scored both goals as the club defeated Hull City, then the league leaders, 2-0 at the KC Stadium in November 2015.
In total he found the back of the net of the net on eight occasions for the club to cap off an impressive first year in the black and white of Derby.
Butterfield, who was on the books at Manchester United as a youngster, began his professional career with Barnsley.
He made exactly 100 appearances for the Reds between 2007 and 2012 and, at the age of 21, he captained the side.
He was also called up by England’s Under 21s in November 2011 as a result of his impressive form for Barnsley.
At the end of his contract with the Oakwell outfit he joined Norwich City, appearing three times for the Canaries, and continued his football development on loan at both Bolton Wanderers and Crystal Palace.
Butterfield joined Middlesbrough for the 2013/14 and was a regular in their side, making 32 appearances in all competitions before joining Huddersfield Town last summer.
In total he made 50 appearances for the Terriers, establishing himself as a key player at the John Smith’s Stadium, scoring seven times, whilst his performances also saw him pick up the club’s Player of the Year title at the end of the 2014/15 campaign.