Everton have ensured that Tim Howard will remain with the Blues until 2018 after signing the US international goalkeeper to a contract extension on Thursday. The 35-year-old has been having one of the best seasons of his career under first year boss Roberto Martinez, and the club felt it was appropriate to reward him with a new deal.
The new contract is a two-year extension on Howard's previous contract, which will keep him at Goodison until the age of 39. With goalkeepers typically behaving like wine, Howard should have a few good seasons left in him. It will also give the Blues time to develop or sign the next goalkeeper to take over for Howard when he's done with the club.
Howard has a chance to become only the fourth Everton player to make 500 appearances with the club, and is already 22nd on the club's all-time appearance list.
Martinez had nothing put praise for his goalkeeper in an interview on EvertonTV.
"It is fantastic news, to have Tim Howard performing as he has been this season, I cannot see past him to choose the best goalkeeper in the league.
"On top of his goalkeeping it's his overall demeanour and personality in the dressing room. He is a strong leader."
So Evertonians, are you happy with the extension? Any concern about the length of time the club has now committed to Howard?