18-year old Midfielder signs one year deal...WALSALL Football Club can today confirm the signing of 18-year old Bermudan, Kacy Milan Butterfield, on a one-year deal subject to international clearance.
The talented teenager, more affectionately referred to by his middle name Milan, was recommended to the club by former Saddler and fellow countryman Kyle Lightbourne and was invited for a short trial last year.
The six-foot-four-inch midfielder returned to the Banks's in April to train with the Saddlers under the watchful eye of Jon Whitney and his coaching staff.
Butterfield featured in the Saddlers development squad's final game of the season against Bradford City back in April and impressed enough to earn a one year deal.
"I've loved it here, the way the club has treated me and how the players have welcomed me straight in," he smiled. "My first game here it was sunny at kick-off and then snowed in the same match which will take some getting used to."
"I just want to learn as much as I can and get out on the pitch and start playing.
"Kyle (Lightbourne) is one of my coaches back in Bermuda who gives me advice on my game and spoke really highly of the club.
"When Whits (Jon Whitney) told me they wanted to offer me a deal I was just ecstatic and I can't wait to get going."
Kacy will be working with the clubs promising group of young professionals under the guidance of Professional Development Coach, John Ward and Manager Jon Whitney is encouraged by what he's seen so far.
"He's been fantastic in the time he was here last season," said Whitney. "His attitude is everything we look for in a young player.
"He's someone who loves football and loves being at this football club. His Dad come over to look at the environment here and was really impressed with what he saw.
"He'll join that group of young professionals who we feel have a great chance of developing into our next big crop of players and can take the club on to bigger and better things.
"For a big guy he's technically very good but we can't forget he's a working progress. The biggest thing for me though is that he's willing to do the work which says a lot about him.
"He's more of a defensive-minded midfielder who breaks up the play and gets us going again so he's someone I think will really push on here."