Everton academy graduate Tom Davies has agreed terms on a new five-year contract, and put the pen to paper earlier today.
The 18-year-old made his first-team breakthrough towards the end of last season including a man-of-the-match display against Norwich on the final day of the campaign.
The Liverpool-born midfielder has been involved with the first-team during pre-season, playing a part in every pre-season game so far. This new deal through to June 2021 is confirmation that Davies is now considered a member of the first-team squad heading into the new campaign.
Davies joins fellow youngsters Kieran Dowell and Callum Connolly in signing new terms at Goodison Park after breaking into the first-team last season. The youngster joined the Blues youth setup at the age of 11, following in the footsteps of uncle Alan Whittle won the League title with Everton in 1970.
It may not be the multi-million pound ‘statement’ signing the fans have been hoping for this summer but it is good news nonetheless. Davies has certainly impressed during his early displays and Evertonians are excited to see how he progresses over the next few months and years.
Congratulations to @1TomDavies! Here's what the teenager had to say about his new deal... #EFChttps://t.co/QTK6FIxOVw— Everton (@Everton) August 3, 2016
"It's great motivation knowing I'll be here for five years and that I can really push on and hopefully develop to become a really good player for the team and go on to do really well," Davies said in an exclusive interview with evertontv. "Coming back from the off season and going straight back with the first team has been a good insight for me into what's required of me for the season and to be around the players, play as much as I have and train with them, it's been vital for my progression as a player.
"I just want to become a regular first, that's something I am going to work towards and hopefully with the help of the staff and learning from other players I can get there."
Story updated on August 3rd, 1:03pm BST