Butterfield signs for Chesterfield
Milan Butterfield has climbed to the next tier of the English football pyramid after joining Vanarama National League side Chesterfield from Kidderminster Harriers.
Butterfield completed his move to the Technique Stadium today and will team up with John Pemberton, his former manager at Kidderminster, who play in the National League North, the league below Chesterfield.
Chesterfield will have to pay a nominal compensation fee for the Bermuda midfielder, a regular for Kidderminster during the past two seasons, making 49 appearances and scoring three goals.
The 22-year-old said that reuniting with Pemberton was a major factor behind his move to the Spireites.
“When I was at Kidderminster, he [Pemberton] made me a better player and when I heard that he wanted me, I wanted to sign,” Butterfield told The Derbyshire Times.
“It's a pleasure to sign for the club and I'm very excited to get started. I'm happy I'm here now.”
Pemberton, a former Crystal Palace and Leeds United defender, hopes Butterfield will realise his “massive potential” at Chesterfield.
He said: “He's quite dynamic, he can run, he's got pace, he's got energy and technically he's good.
“He's quite laid-back and not a lot fazes him. I want a certain dynamic to the group and he'll certainly enhance what we're trying to achieve.”
Announcing Butterfield's departure, Kidderminster manager Russ Penn, said: “Milan is a talented player and we're proud of the role we've played in developing him as a player.
“It became clear quite early in the summer that Milan was destined to move on to a new challenge and we wish him well in that and his future career.”
On the compensation fee, Harriers chief executive Neil Male, said: “We were never about to stand in Milan's way and it's pleasing for us as a club that another player is moving to play in a higher division.
“That said, we've played a pivotal role in his development and it's only right that is recognised. This is a good piece of business and allows us to reinvest money into the first team at an important time.”
Chesterfield finished last season in nineteenth position with 44 points, winning 11, drawing 11 and losing 16 of their 38 matches.
Butterfield was released by Sky Bet League One outfit Walsall at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.