Sunday 4 December 2016

Everton contract boost for injury-hit Gibson

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Darron Gibson Picture: Sportsfile
Darron Gibson Picture: Sportsfile

Darron Gibson has bounced back from the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2016 by signing a new contract with Everton.

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Gibson had been linked with a departure this summer but he has agreed an extension which will keep him at Goodison Park until 2018.

It's a vote of confidence for the Derryman as Everton look to finalise a deal to bring in Ronald Koeman as their new manager from Southampton.

Gibson was omitted from Martin O'Neill's 23-man France squad because of reservations about his lack of first-team action.

The ex-Manchester United man has struggled to get a run in the side since damaging his cruciate on Ireland duty in 2013.

"I am absolutely delighted," said Gibson. "I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else.

"People say, 'Once Everton has touched you,' and it is true. There are great people here and the dressing-room is great, so I was never signing anywhere else.

"Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better."

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