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Shane Duffy sold to Blackburn Rovers

The 22-year-old defender is off to Blackburn for an undisclosed fee.

Paul Thomas

Everton have sold defender Shane Duffy to Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old joined Everton's youth system in 2008, but never got a chance to make an impact with the first team. During his five seasons with the club, he only made 10 appearances and spent most of his time out on loan.

He made his first team debut with the Toffees against AEK Athens in 2009, but is probably most well known for a freak training ground accident that forced him to undergo emergency surgery after he suffered a lacerated liver. The defender took to Twitter on Monday to say goodbye to Everton fans.

"I'm very excited about the new challenge in my career and I can't wait to get going. Sad about leaving Everton but can't thank everyone at the club for what they have done for me from the first day I got there. The fans have been amazing and I will always follow Everton. I would like to wish everyone at the club every success and hope everything goes well."

Duffy has agreed to a three year contract with the Rovers. According to the Liverpool ECHO, the initial fee for Duffy will be £500,00 with add-ons that could make the deal worth up to £1.5 million.