Seamus Coleman has revealed he had already agreed terms on a new contract at Everton before his serious injury playing for Ireland in March.
Defender Coleman has signed a new deal at Goodison Park keeping at the club until 2022.
The 28-year-old is not expected to return to action until the end of the year after suffering a double leg break playing for Ireland against Wales on March 24.
Coleman has revealed he was due to sign a new deal upon returning from international duty later that month.
Despite suffering such a serious injury Everton stuck to their word and kept the offer on the table.
Coleman says chairman Bill Kenwright and majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri have both shown their support during the early stages of his recovery, loyalty he hopes to repay by returning to full fitness as soon as possible.
“I’m delighted to get this signed. I’ve been here for a long time and it’s a special Club that means a lot to me.
“Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break but unfortunately I got the injury. The Chairman messaged me the night of my injury and said, ‘Don’t worry about it because when you come back this contract is still waiting for you’. That sums up what the Chairman and this Club is all about.
“Farhad Moshiri also sent me cards and said the support was always going to be there. I’m delighted with how the Club has handled the situation. Knowing that I was going to come back and sign it has definitely helped things. It’s a massive boost and gives me something to fight for.
“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the Club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract.”
Coleman is also optimistic about the future and says the club’s ambition was one of the key reasons why he wanted to extend his stay on Merseyside.
“I’m really excited by the way things are going and the players we have signed.
“This season has been good and we’ve got Europa League football next season to look forward to. It’s exciting and it’s all about pushing ourselves. I’m really happy that I am going to be here for the foreseeable future.
“I think I’ve been very lucky with the Club that I moved over from Ireland to join. I left my family back home and I joined another family over here. There have been ups and downs in my playing career - like everything - but thankfully the Club reward you when you are doing well.
“This was an important contract. I’m at a good age now and I think the Club are showing good ambition and going in the right direction, so it’s really exciting.”
Coleman spent the first month of his rehabilitation back home in Ireland but is now back at USM Finch Farm.
The former Sligo Rovers full-back won’t put an exact timescale on his recovery but is pleased with how his recovery is progressing.
“It’s a case of not doing too much too soon – it’s just baby steps at the moment - but I am getting on well so far.
“I’m starting to put more weight through the leg and I have got no pain. I’m back doing a good bit in the gym and in the pool. I’m doing exercise every day, so the recovery has well and truly started. I’m really looking forward to putting on that Blue shirt again.”