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Saturday 23 August 2014

Toffees complete Stones deal

Published 01/02/2013 | 01:20

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Everton completed a late deal to take John Stones to Goodison Park

Everton completed the signing of teenage defender John Stones from Barnsley on a five-and-a-half-year deal shortly before Thursday evening's transfer deadline.

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The 18-year-old right-back passed a medical, agreed personal terms and penned his contract after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee.

He told evertonfc.com: "I am very excited to be joining Everton. I've been very impressed with everything I have seen at Finch Farm already. Now the hard work begins."

The 6ft 2in England Under-19 international made his Tykes debut last March after progressing through the youth ranks at Oakwell.

He featured 28 times for the npower Championship club, netting his first goal in the 4-3 Capital One Cup triumph over Rochdale in August.

Stones added on barnsleyfc.co.uk: "I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everybody at Barnsley for helping me in my development.

"They include Ronnie Branson and all the academy staff; Keith Hill and David Flitcroft for giving me the chance to play first-team football. Also all the backroom staff such as Guy Proctor, John Lucas and Craig Sedgwick.

"They are just some of the people who I owe a debt of gratitude to and I wish Barnsley every success for the future."

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