Howard pens two-year contract extension

, 17 April, 0comments  |  Jump to most recent
'Keeper ties himself to Everton until 2018

Tim Howard has signed a new contract with Everton that extends his existing deal by two years, the club have announced.

The American, who has been in fine form in Roberto Martinez's first season in charge, has committed his future to the Blues until past his 39th birthday in 2018.

Howard was initially signed on loan from Manchester United in 2006 by former manager David Moyes but made the switch permanent in 2007 for a fee of around 3m.

Since then he has played over 340 times for Everton and secured his 100th clean sheet for the club in last season's Anfield derby.

Manager Roberto Martinez, who values his experience and level of performance highly, is delighted to have secured his first-choice goalkeeper for two more years.

"He has been vital to our overall achievements," the Spaniard told evertontv. "It's not just about his performances.

"As a goalkeeper, you have a big say about what happens in your own goal and to keep the amount of clean sheets that we have this season - which is already two more than last season when we had very good numbers defensively - is impressive.

"Then you see his human values and the way he affects youngsters; he is the perfect role model for out football club. We have a good group of young goalkeepers who can follow that sort of example, and that is why it's so significant he has agreed to stay with Everton for a long, long period."

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