Everton U23 defender Lewis Gibson has signed a new two-and-a-half year contract before immediately joining League One side Fleetwood on loan.
The 19-year-old joined from Newcastle in 2017 in deal that could cost the Toffees up to £6million,
He has been a regular for the club’s U23 side since but has yet to make a senior appearance.
Gibson had six months left on his previous deal and wanted assurances about his development pathway before committing to fresh terms.
He has held talks with director of football Marcel Brands in recent weeks and has been convinced that his long-term future remains at Goodison Park.
“I’ve had a few conversations with Marcel over the past few months and the chats went well.
“He explained his plans for me and plans for the Club and they excited me so I couldn’t wait to sign.
“I feel I’ve developed massively since I joined the Club.
“David Unsworth’s been big for me. He’s taught me things that I wouldn’t have got at other clubs.
“He knows my ability and he puts trust in my ability. He pushes me to be better and I thank him for that.
“I’ve developed physically since I’ve been here. And, although I’ve had some bad luck with a couple of injuries, I’ve come through them and feel I’m more mentally strong and a better player.”
The loan deal will see Gibson link up with fellow Toffees defender Callum Connolly, who joined the club on loan at the start of the month.
He is the second Everton youngster to leave on deadline day following Morgan Feeney’s loan move to Tranmere.