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Milan Butterfield facing uncertain future at Chesterfield

Up in the air: Milan Butterfield, pictured in action with Guiseley, is coming to the end of his loan period while parent club Chesterfield are continuing to sign midfielders

Milan Butterfield’s immediate future at Chesterfield appears to remain uncertain with manager James Rowe conceding his situation needs “reviewing”.

Despite joining the Vanarama National League club on a free transfer from Kidderminster Harriers only in August, the Bermuda midfielder was deemed surplus to requirements by Rowe when he replaced the sacked John Pemberton as manager three months later — and was subsequently sent out on a one-month loan to Guiseley in mid-December.

That deal with the National League North outfit is set to expire tomorrow and, despite previously stating the move was with a “view to him returning to fight for his place”, Rowe has now admitted that the futures of Butterfield and fellow returning loan player Luke Rawson will be analysed upon return.

“I have seen the games and the videos and I have been in touch with them all of the time,“ Rowe told the Derbyshire Times of the pair.

“Their loans run out on the 10th, and so I just need to review that. We have got a week until we play in the FA Trophy at Boston, so that will be a breather, really, to analyse what we are going to do stepping forward.”

Prospects of featuring in Rowe’s plans continue to look ominous for the 22-year-old with central midfielder Jack Clarke arriving at the club on loan from Premier League side Aston Villa this month.

Clarke is the fourth midfielder signed by Rowe since talking the helm, joining the likes Tom Whelan, Jak McCourt and George Carline as new reinforcements at the Technique Stadium.

Meanwhile, Butterfield was denied the opportunity to feature in what could have proved his final appearance for Guiseley after their trip to Farsley Celtic today was postponed because of a frozen pitch.

It proved a frustrating weekend for Butterfield’s compatriots in non-League football with a number of matches being postponed.

Justin Donawa and Solihull Moors were forced to call off the trip to face Torquay United in the National League after Covid-19 developments within their squad for a second time, while Dale Eve’s Spennymoor Town had a visit from Leamington in National League North fall victim to a frozen pitch.

Elsewhere, Kane Crichlow was an unused substitute as Watford suffered a 1-0 defeat away to Manchester United in the third round of the FA Cup. Scott McTominay's fourth-minute header proved enough for the Premier League side to prevail against their Sky Bet Championship opponents.

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Published January 09, 2021 at 7:41 pm (Updated January 10, 2021 at 7:34 pm)

Milan Butterfield facing uncertain future at Chesterfield

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