Jacob Butterfield had the praise of manager Chris Powell ringing in his ears as he was crowned Huddersfield Town’s Player of the Year.
Butterfield made his 46th appearance in Saturday’s abandoned goalless Championship finale against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, and Powell believes he’ll benefit from being a regular starter.
“Jacob is a fine player, absolutely, and a bit of a one-off,” said Powell, whose side finished 16th in the table before the Football League decide what to do about the abandonment.
“He is very naturally two-footed and quicker with the ball than without, which is a skill, so he has had a very good season.
“Jacob has benefited from playing regularly, because he hasn’t had that for a number of seasons, and he has done really well.
“All the players have played their part this time, though, and I’m pleased with all of them and proud of all of them.”
Butterfield picked up his award at The Venue in Calderdale as Town waited to hear whether the match against Blackpool will be replayed – which seems highly unlikely – or maybe they will get the points, which would take them above Leeds United in the final standings.
Town’s last abandonment in strange circumstances came in March 2004, when their game at Northampton was thwarted when an advertising hoarding blew off the roof at the away end of the Sixfields Stadium.
Town’s Under 21 Development squad play their play-off semi-final at Crystal Palace tomorrow.