New three-year deal for Pennington

, 7 July, 7comments  |  Jump to most recent
Everton have announced that Matthew Pennington has committed to a new contract, signing on for another three years at Finch Farm today.

The 20-year-old has spent the last two seasons out on loan, first at Tranmere Rovers and then at Coventry City in 2014-15 where he picked up the Young Player of the Year award having made 25 appearances for the League One club.

I'm excited to have the opportunity to fulfil my ambition of playing in the first team, the Warrington-born defender told evertontv. It's obviously a great achievement for myself and my family and I'm really happy to be signing for another three years here.

Whether I go out on loan again or if I stay around here now, I'm looking to improve and impress.

Pennington's deal comes a day after Academy duo Callum Connolly and Josef Yarney became the latest Everton youngsters to sign their first professional contracts with the club.

The two defenders, both 17, agreed two-year deals that will run until the end of the 2016-17 season.


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Dave Abrahams
1 Posted 07/07/2015 at 17:31:02
I'm very happy for the lad, I think he will make it at Everton. I hope he doesn't go out on loan but stays here and gets time on the pitch via the bench.

He can play right back and centre half so his versatility will be an asset to him and the club, and I'm sure he will not let anyone down.

Best of luck, Matthew.

Adam McCulloch
2 Posted 07/07/2015 at 18:05:06
I saw him play for Coventry against Chesterfield where I work last season and he stood out like a sore thumb. Imposing, comfortable with the ball at his feet, and he won everything in the air. Hopefully not another Shane Duffy but a 3-year deal at his age shows a degree of faith.
David Chait
3 Posted 07/07/2015 at 18:51:51
Good feedback, Adam. 3 years is definite show of faith... Maybe he is a less publicised version of Garbutt. Good luck to the lad!
Geoffrey Risebrow
4 Posted 07/07/2015 at 20:43:53
Good luck, Matthew!
Shane Corcoran
5 Posted 08/07/2015 at 09:29:22
Anyone reckon with the likes of this lad Galloway and Browning that Martinez is placing his faith in youth at the back to a large degree?

I think he'll sign one centre back but I'm guessing he might leave it at that.

Harold Matthews
6 Posted 08/07/2015 at 13:13:17
Sounds like a good prospect. He might be what we’re looking for.
Ant Dwyer
8 Posted 09/07/2015 at 03:03:52
I think Martinez may be best served to bring in an experienced centre half to cover Stones & Jagielka for a year or two, then see where this kid, Galloway and Browning are at.

Roberto likes his centre halves to be comfortable on the ball and Distin, Alcaraz, plus a long list of older players at Wigan (Scharner and Gary Caldwell to name but a few) have proven he can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Let's wait and see.

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