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Butterfield-Steede opens account at Kendal

J'Nai Butterfield-Steede made an immediate impact for new club Kendal Town at the weekend.

The Bermudian wingback opened his scoring account in a 7-5 win over Caton United in a pre-season friendly an hour after signing with the English non-League side.

“It was great to get the legs going again and it's always nice to get on the scoresheet,” Butterfield-Steede told The Royal Gazette.

“It was a great team performance and I'm looking forward to the next week.”

The 22-year-old was making his second pre-season appearance since moving from Kidderminster Harriers, having also started in a 2-1 win over Burscough on August 8.

Kendal Town are managed by Chris Humphrey, a former Jamaica, Shrewsbury Town and Preston North End winger, who has already had a positive influence on his new signing.

“The management team is great,” Butterfield-Steede added.

“Chris Humphrey and John Foley are great. They are very hands on; I think it will be good for my development into men's football.”

The Cumbrian outfit play in the Northern Premier League Division One North West and their home ground is the Parkside Road Stadium, which holds a capacity of 2,400.

The club was established in 1919 as Netherfield AFC before changing to their name in 2000.

Butterfield-Steede, the son of former PHC Zebras defender Gregory Steede, has made a seamless transition gelling with his new team-mates and adapting to his new surroundings.

“I am extremely happy to be at Kendal Town,” he said. “The club suits me and is heading in the right direction.”

Butterfield-Steede is encouraged to reap the rewards of hard work and is determined not to become complacent.

“I feel comfortable in the squad, but I know there's no time to relax,” he said.

“Ultimately, the work I've put in to get here has been has been brutal but this is what goes into the game to get to these levels.

“I'm starting to see the fruits of my labour but I do understand I can never slacken off.”

Butterfield-Steede, who is among several Bermudians playing non-League football in England, left the island at the age of seven in pursuit of a professional career. He has had brief spells at non-League clubs such as Brackley Town and Ilkeston.

J'Nai Butterfield-Steede, left, and Kendal manager Chris Humphrey (Photograph courtesy of Kendal Town)

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Published August 18, 2020 at 9:00 am (Updated August 17, 2020 at 10:07 pm)

Butterfield-Steede opens account at Kendal

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