Billy Crellin arrived from League One side Fleetwood Town in January
2022, to fulfill the need for strengthening the senior Academy sides in
the Everton setup. They tried to sign Crellin a couple of years earlier
but failed. Now the boyhood Evertonian vowed to work tirelessly to “get
to the top” after sealing a dream move to The Blues.
Goalkeeper Crellin, a member of England’s Under-17 World
Cup-winning squad in 2017, played 13 times for former team Fleetwood
Town following a debut in October 2018. The 21-year-old gained loan
experience at a trio of clubs, progressively climbing the football
pyramid with FC United of Manchester, Chorley and Bolton Wanderers.
Completing this latest step, says Crellin, feels “surreal”, after
growing up in an Everton-supporting family – and idolising Neville
Southall, despite being too young to see the exceptional Welshman play
for the Club.
“I heard about the potential for the move around 5:45 pm on deadline
day and straight away wanted to get it over the line,” Crellin told
“I am an Evertonian and so are my whole family, so it feels surreal.
I am buzzing.
“I want to fit in and work hard, play games for the Under-23s,
perhaps go on loan, then start training with the First Team.
“The training ground and facilities are unbelievable and I can’t wait
to put on the shirt and play for Everton.
“I will work hard and try to get to the top.”
Crellin has played on loan for a couple clubs already. “As a keeper,
those loan spells are vital for getting used to men’s football,” said
Crellin. “I was 17 when I went to FC United and fully enjoyed it, I had
a lot to do in the games.
He got his first game for the U23s a couple of weeks later in the
Premier League Cup but it did not go well, Everton losing to Burnley.
On his Premier League 2 debut for the U23s, he was on the wrong end
of a 4-2 defeat at Brighton in March that must have come as something of
a shock. It was another month before he would be tried again, with
another 4 goals put past him by West Ham U23s.
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