Somewhat out of the blue (get it?), Everton have dropped some massive news today. The club have re-signed goalkeeper Jordan Pickford to a new six year contract on the heels of his player of the year campaign followed by an incredible World Cup with England.
The young Englishman has stated his desire to become an Everton legend, and he’s well on his way. A six year contract only reinforces his commitment to the club, and makes him so much more difficult for other clubs to poach.
Speaking to Everton’s website, Pickford said:
When I made the move last year I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career.
Getting the opportunity to become England’s No. 1 was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.
Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question.
I want to play as many games as I can for the Club, that’s my goal now.
A new deal is a significant statement of intent for both club and player. It’s also a step that Everton’s rising world superstars have not recently been willing to take - Romelu Lukaku and John Stones both come to mind.
We love ya, Jordan.