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Butterfield ready if called upon against his old club

Jamie McDonald

Jacob Butterfield was on the bench for Bolton Wanderers as they drew 2-2 away to Blackpool last weekend. The central midfielder had signed from Norwich City on a one-month loan earlier that week. As Bolton return home to the Reebok this wekend to face Barnsley, speaking to the official website, the Tykes old boy Butterfield is raring for some action:

"I had my first training session last Friday and it is understandable really that I was on the bench last Saturday, but I have come here to get games in.

"It is a bit coincidental that Saturday will be against Barnsley, but hopefully it will be my debut for Bolton and hopefully I can have a good game.

"It will be interesting for me to play against some old faces and playing against them will be a bit strange, but it is a game that I am looking forward to.

"I still keep in touch with the manager and players, so it is going to be really good to see them at the game, but I don't want that to distract from the main thing."

In the three games since Dougie Freedman took over, Bolton are undefeated. Bolton have five points from that stretch, have allowed three goals, and kept one clean sheet. Butterfield is confident that Bolton Wanderers can start stringing wins together and start climbing the table:

"We have to get the three points for Bolton, and I'm looking forward to having a big impact on the team and showing people what I can do."

Butterfield also hasn't played a competitive league fixture in nearly a year following his knee injury against Leeds in December 2011.

"I feel good now and I feel like I am ready to play games. Hopefully I will get the minutes I need here and get us back up the league.

"I have been training with Norwich for a couple of weeks and played a few reserve and cup games but I just haven't found the rhythm of playing matches, so I hope to get that sharpness back.

"Hopefully this will be a beneficial month for me and that I can get back up to speed and go back to Norwich in a month and get back into the team, but you never know in football.

"I have really enjoyed so far, so if I was to stay longer I would definitely not be against it as it is a fantastic club."