Everton have announced midfielder Tom Davies has signed a new five-year deal, which should see him remain at the club until 2022.
The 18-year-old broke into Ronald Koeman's squad this season, and has made 17 appearances so far, with 10 of those being Premier League starts.
“It means everything to me to get a chance to be in the Everton first team and to try to stay there,” the academy graduate said after putting pen to paper.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling. Everton has a long tradition of bringing young players through and the incentive has always been there for me to try to progress with the Club.
“I used to look at Mikel Arteta and aspire to be out there playing alongside my heroes and, obviously, Wayne Rooney and Ross Barkley who came through the Academy here, too, have been inspirational figures for me.
“Hopefully, young players in the Academy now can see how I have been able to progress and make my way to the Everton first team, just as Matty, Callum, Kieran and Jonjoe have also done, but we all know that the hard work doesn’t stop because we want to be part of taking the Club to the next level as well."
💪 | “It means everything to me to get a chance to be in the Everton first team and to try to stay there." pic.twitter.com/MZbDzaf1yP— Everton (@Everton) April 3, 2017
Koeman is quite pleased with the development, and said that it was a perfect situation for the youngster, whom he's very happy with at the moment.
“We’re really happy with his performances and, of course, proud. He’s a young player and that’s important for the rest of the Academy - to show you can make that next step like Tom did and, if that ends with a new contract, it’s perfect.”