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Everton youngster signs new deal

Academy standout will stay with the club until 2019

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Harry Charsley
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Everton have handed Harry Charsley a new contract that will keep him with the Blues until the summer of 2019. The young midfielder’s previous contract, which was originally set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 season had been extended for a year but now he will see his future assured.

The 20-year-old was born in Wirral but qualifies to represent the Republic of Ireland and has made 15 international youth team appearances, scoring one goal. In all, he has played 56 times for the Everton youth side, scoring 12 times from his favored position of centre midfield.

Charsley has been with the Blues since the age of nine, and is one of David Unsworth’s key players in the Under-23 team which leads the Premier League 2. In an interview before Monday’s win over Spurs, he said -

“I’m delighted to sign the new deal. I’ve worked hard this season so it is nice to get a reward at the end of it.

“I’ve worked hard every year, tried to get better every season and with the help of all the coaches here, I feel like I have done that. It has been a good run so far and now I want to keep it going.

“The goal now is to win the [Premier League 2] league title. We are just taking it one step at a time now and it is a big game against Tottenham next (The Blues won 4-1).

“Looking ahead, the aim for me is to impress the first-team staff in pre-season. I want to show my best, work hard every day and we will see where that takes me.

“The fact the manager gives chances to young players encourages us all. It gives everyone a boost and makes us work harder because you want to be the next one that gets picked.”

He won the Under-18s Player of the Season Award in 2014-15, and played a key role in leading the team to the League title the previous season under former player Kevin Sheedy.