JACOB Butterfield believes he is headed back for the Premier League with Middlesbrough.
The 23-year-old’s top-flight career never took off with Norwich City and, one year on from his free transfer from Barnsley, he has joined the Teessiders in a £500,000 deal.
And the ball-playing midfielder said: “I wasn’t part of the manager’s plans at Norwich so we started looking for a move out.
“When the Middlesbrough thing came up, I thought ‘that’s the kind of club where I can go and settle down’.
“The whole thing was appealing and I’m struggling to see any negatives.
“I didn’t hesitate to get the deal done and I’m glad to be here.
“Now I just want to get games, get into my stride and hopefully have a good season.”
It was a hectic deadline day for Butterfield, whose move wasn’t officially confirmed until early Tuesday morning.
“I knew that I needed to get out of Norwich because nothing was happening for me there,” he explained.
“I needed to get back playing. On Monday I was thinking nothing was going to happen then I got a call so obviously I was delighted.
“I was rushing about in my car and then got the train to London for the medical. It all happened really quickly.
“But I’m in a much better place than I was two or three days ago so I’m delighted to be here and feeling positive about everything.
“Hopefully I’ll be here for a long and successful time.
“Middlesbrough have the potential to get back to the Premier League as a club.
“I’ve just been at a Premier League club and this (Rockliffe Park) is far more impressive, to be honest.
“It’s a funny old league but there is no reason why we can’t be up at the top and really have a good season and push for promotion.
“If we do this club will take care of itself. It’s a massive club and everything is in place to be a Premier League team.
“But we’ll take one step at a time and focus on having a good season in the Championship.”