Sweet deal for Coleman
Published 20/05/2010 | 05:00
Defender Seamus Coleman has agreed a new four-year contract with Everton.
The Republic of Ireland U-21 right-back made his breakthrough this season, making his debut in the Europa League defeat to Benfica on October 22 and playing his first Premier League match three days later at Bolton.
Coleman, who joined the Toffees from League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in January 2008, made seven appearances before being loaned out to Championship side Blackpool.
The 21-year-old will return to Everton after the Seasiders' play-off final against Cardiff, at Wembley on Saturday, and the formalities of his new deal will be concluded then.
Everton manager David Moyes said: "I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters.
"You've got to remember this is a boy we've taken from Ireland, we've paid £60,000 for him, we've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games.
"He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along. But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."
Coleman becomes the second Toffees player to put pen to paper this week following Tuesday's announcement that Australia midfielder Tim Cahill has also signed on for another four years.