The former Sheffield Wednesday loanee Jacob Butterfield will continue his career in Australia.

Butterfield has signed for Melbourne Victory on a free transfer after his release by Luton Town at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old is not the only ex-Owl to have been hired by Victory this month, after Callum McManaman made an identical move last week.

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McManaman in action for Wednesday (photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images).

Butterfield, in particular, is far from fondly remembered at Hillsborough, where he arrived on a season-long deal from Derby County in 2017, with the then Wednesday striker Sam Winnall heading in the opposite direction.

He played 23 times for the Owls but failed to score a single goal and registered just one assist.

Some Wednesday supporters may therefore scoff at the following assessment of Butterfield, made by the Melbourne manager Grant Brebner – who describes him as ‘extremely hard-working’, a ‘presence on the ball’ and a ‘proven goal-scorer’.

“Jacob is another strong addition to our playing group,” Brebner told the club’s official website. “He is a good age and brings a wealth of experience having played in the Championship for a number of big clubs.

“He is known for working extremely hard box-to-box, he has a presence on the ball and is also a proven goal scorer.”

The Victory recently appointed the former Blackburn Rovers manager Steve Kean as Brebner’s number two.

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