Feeney signs new Everton deal

Saturday 16 December 2017  18 Comments  [Jump to last]
Morgan Feeney has become the latest of Everton's up-and-coming youngsters to commit their future to the club by signing a new contract.

The young defender, a boyhood Blue and Gwladys Street season ticket holder, has agreed a 2½-year deal that would expire in the summer of 2020.

The new terms mark another milestone for the teenager who made his full Everton debut earlier this month in the Europa League win over Apollon Limassol.

“It is a proud moment for me,” the defender told evertonfc.com. “I've grown up as an Evertonian and still am an Evertonian so it's amazing to be a part of it and what the Club wants to do going forward. It's an exciting time to be a player and a fan.

“It's been a crazy couple of months and weeks for me, but it has all fallen nicely into place and I am on cloud nine at the minute and everything is working out well.

“I am learning a lot every day working with Unsy or with the first team. I am picking up things and trying to take it into my own game so I feel as if I am playing better than when I signed my original contract.

“I would love to play in the first team as regularly as possible, push on and get a few more games under my belt and stay here for many years.”  


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Peter Gorman
1 Posted 16/12/2017 at 18:09:18
Gobby, old-school defender. A good lad.

Speaking of good lads; Connolly and Dowell both scored again today. Robinson on the losing side with Bolton, Williams and Browning complete 90 mins for Barnsely and Sunderland and Pennington off the bench for Leeds.

Good lads.

Brent Stephens
2 Posted 16/12/2017 at 18:21:49
I like Feeney. Lots of self-confidence and "gobby" as Peter says, in the best possible way.

Just watching City v Spurs. City's football is wonderful to watch. The beautiful game at its best.

Brian Cleveland
3 Posted 16/12/2017 at 19:14:05
We seem to have quite a few young defenders and some midfielders coming through and now in or close to the first team, but what we seem to lack off the production line are forwards.
Steve Ferns
4 Posted 16/12/2017 at 19:28:25
Fraser Hornby is one Brian. There’s also sambou who is hot and cold. As for another number 10, Anthony Gordon looks great.

But this is about Feeney. He looks a terrific prospect. He just needs to work on weights down the gym and keep working hard. Hopefully he will maintain his career trajectory.

Charlie Lloyd
5 Posted 16/12/2017 at 19:30:28
Brian @ 3

Possibly Fraser Hornby, 18, and Anthony Gordon, 16.

Don Alexander
6 Posted 16/12/2017 at 19:40:01
It'll be interesting to see how long Man City go until someone else takes even a point from them Brent (#2)!!
Terry White
7 Posted 16/12/2017 at 20:13:27
Peter (#1), apparently Connolly is playing in midfield, rather than at full back, and is getting more scoring opportunities as a result.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 16/12/2017 at 20:39:30
Don, I guess we might do it again at the end of March! By then we'll be playing as well as them!
Dave Abrahams
9 Posted 16/12/2017 at 21:18:50
Terry (#7), yes, Connolly is playing wide on the left where his pace is a good advantage to him. He is another good left-sided player for us in the future, still very young but doing well for Ipswich.
Andy Williams
11 Posted 16/12/2017 at 23:28:32
Dowell's goal was superb.
Jay Wood
12 Posted 16/12/2017 at 23:39:48
It was indeed Andy.

Watch it here from around 1:20:

No commentary, Forest playing in blue. Dowell knows exactly what he is doing to elevate the ball as he does with the shot.

He is going to come back a far better player for this experience and clubs will be sniffing around for him if he doesn't get game time with the first team.

Michael Penley
13 Posted 16/12/2017 at 23:51:38
Put a few rings through his nose and spike his hair up a bit and he'd look like that anarchist bloke from The Young Ones.
Gary Russell
14 Posted 17/12/2017 at 02:11:50
Recent U18 Highlights: Everton 5 - 3 Man City. Young lads mentioned above scoring:

Nitesh Kanchan
15 Posted 17/12/2017 at 02:34:29
Off topic, how did Kane and Alli escape red cards yesterday and from the FA panel reviewing it?
Hugh Jenkins
16 Posted 17/12/2017 at 08:45:25
Nitesh (#15) – Because the Ref saw the fouls and deemed them to be "yellow card" offences. Under the current rules, that means the FA can do nothing retrospectively – although both fouls were truly deserving of red cards.

Until there is some change to the rules, this kind of anomaly will continue.

It is frankly scandalous, that Niasse got a ban for simulation, when obviously vicious and potentially leg breaking tackles, like these, go effectively unpunished, because the ref gave a yellow at the time.

The whole rule book needs looking at, and amending, to bring it into the 21st Century.

Furthermore, given the availability of video evidence from so many sources nowadays, this should be the primary source of decision-making.

It takes no longer than a throw in, for a ref to review matters on a large video screen and that should and would mean that the disgusting scenes we saw recently at Anfield, would result in the protesters / referee intimidators, getting an automatic yellow card / red car (for a second offence) for approaching and attempting to intimidate the Referee into changing his decision.

That, in my view, would do far more to "clean up the game", than appointing a panel of "ex-pros", of dubious pedigree, to decide if a player had "dived", relying on video footage, alone.

If you are going to give Referees the power, give them the tools too.

Steve Ferns
17 Posted 17/12/2017 at 11:09:43
Lads, Dowell looks a prospect, but please don't build him up too much, as he will fail to measure up and then we won't be as patient with him as we should be.

The local Nottingham rag gave him 6/10. Didn't do much other than the goal and Forest lost. This has been a similar story when you read their other match reports.

Dowell lacks the industry or defensive skills to play deep. He lacks the speed to play wide, so he's looking to be the Number 10. Breaking into a top Premier League side, which is what we hope to be next season, is all but impossible, and that role, as the creative point of the team, is perhaps the hardest for a youngster.

Frank Wade
18 Posted 17/12/2017 at 13:10:33
Glad to see Morgan Feeney get a new contract. Impressed with his work in the Academy teams. He got a baptism of fire when thrown into the Atalanta game when we were all over the place and was at fault for one of their goals in an unfamiliar 3 centre-back system. Thankfully he was able to bounce back in Cyprus. He will need to fill out a bit as I think Holgate has done this season. Plenty of gym work and raw meat!

Agree Steve with your Kieran Dowell assessment. It's a shame when players with so much skill let themselves down by not adding the easy bit to their game. The willingness to work hard, commitment to the cause, tracking opponents, filling in for others, discipline etc etc to their game. T

e skill and creative attributes are the hardest to master. I was hoping that battling for points with Forest would bring him on in the less glamorous aspects of the game, that our new manager values so much.

Brian Cleveland
19 Posted 17/12/2017 at 16:56:08
Steve and Charlie (4 & 5), yes, I've not forgotten about Fraser Hornby and Anthony Gordon, but they are still a bit off in their development yet, and as mentioned Bassalu Sambou is very hit and miss, whereas our more defensive players seem to be a step ahead and some ready for first-team action.

(I don't think we can really count the dead Europa League game other than as a bit of experience rather than them being properly ready.)

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