J’Nai Butterfield-Steede set to make debut for Glossop North End
J’Nai Butterfield-Steede is set to make his debut for Glossop North End less than 48 hours after joining the English non-league club.
The midfielder was signed by the club on Thursday after agreeing to the terms of an undisclosed deal and has been included in manager Stuart Mellish’s squad for the trip to high-flying Workington Town in the Northern Premier League Division One West tomorrow.
“I’m delighted to have brought J’Nai to the club,” Mellish told The Royal Gazette. “I’ve been looking to sign him for the last three months so to finally get it over the line I’m delighted.”
Butterfield-Steede impressed his new manager during his first training session held on the same day he was signed by the club, who are 14th in the 20-team standings, 12 places below second-placed Workington.
“The lad had his first training session last night and showed his quality in the session,” Mellish added. “J’Nai will be in the squad that travels to Workington Town tomorrow.”
Butterfield-Steede is equally as thrilled to have joined the club.
“I am ecstatic to sign with the club,” he told The Royal Gazette. “The manager and the players have all welcomed me in and now I feel ready to kick on.”
The former Bermuda Under-17 player added: “Signing for a club like Glossop was all part of the plan. From leaving Kendal Town, dropping down a league and signing for Penrith AFC, to getting a move back to a higher level I know I can play at.
“Now I just want to push on and do all I can to cement my spot in the team and help them climb up the league.”
The 23-year-old player left Bermuda at the age of seven in pursuit of a professional career and is among a growing number of locals playing non-league football in England.
Butterfield-Steede, the son of former PHC Zebras and Southampton Rangers defender Gregory Steede, has also had brief spells in the United Kingdom with Brackley Town, Ilkeston and Kidderminster Harriers.
Prior to then he initially groomed his skills at youth level with Titans FC and Premier Division sides PHC and Rangers.