Oviedo pens new 3�-year deal

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Bryan Oviedo has extended his contract at Everton until 2019, the club have announced, ending any uncertainty over his future at Goodison Park.

The Costa Rican, back in the team now after putting his most recent injury problems behind him, would have been a free agent this summer when his original terms were due to expire but he is happy to have prolonged his stay at the club he calls a "second home".

"I am really happy to commit my future to Everton because this is a special club and, for me, a second home.

"When I experienced some really tough times, the toughest of my career, everybody was behind me — the manager, the staff, the players and the fans and that support helped me through and made me stronger, as a person and as a player.

"I feel that I am in the best moment of my career. I am experienced now. When I first came here I was 22 years old and now I am 25 — 26 next week! I have greater confidence and I have a real ambition to win a trophy for Everton.

"We have clear goals as a team. We want to win a Cup and we want to continue building ourselves into a top Premier League team.

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"The manager is clear that he wants to build a winning team and I want to play my part in this because he has helped me to progress my career by believing in me.

"Everton is an incredible club and the people here are fantastic. Every day is a joy to come to work and to try to improve as an individual and as a team. I'm really happy to be a part of this and my ambition is that we are successful in the years to come."


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Ged Simpson
1 Posted 12/02/2016 at 16:46:46
The way he’s been playing that is good news. Good news!
Tony Hill
3 Posted 12/02/2016 at 16:54:49
A proper player and a true Evertonian. Very pleasing after all he's been through, let's hope he can stay fit and that we can benefit from his considerable talent.
Brent Stephens
4 Posted 12/02/2016 at 16:55:23
Good news! Yes, I like it!
David Chait
5 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:03:07
Cracking player.. My first choice LB.
Frank Bortoli
6 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:29:55
He has some bad luck but has always toed the Everton line and been a very loyal and skilful player.

Well done, Bryan; I hope the next three years brings out the best in you.

Brin Williams
7 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:31:33
Mine too David - 1st choice.
Bill Griffiths
8 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:32:28
Great news, I'm sure that there's going to be some poster's on hear moaning that we've given another injury prone individual a long contact.

I'm pleased we've done this, he's a player who has bought into the Everton ethos and though to date he has had his problems I feel he deserves this for his commitment and loyalty. He's a True Blue and one os us.

Dave Roberts
9 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:41:38
Made up for the lad. I love him as a player hes got bags of talent. We lost something after his broken leg two years ago. Hes fought his way back and that aint always easy.
Rob Hooton
10 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:54:29
Brilliant news, has bags of skill and desire, you always know you’ll get 100% from Bryan.

Hopefully he has now fully recovered and strengthened following his horror injury and we will see his star shine bright

Tom Evans
11 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:57:19
I won’t forget his happiness at the reception he received from our fans singing his name when he came to the away end at Hull on the last day of the season two years ago.

To my knowledge he hasn’t said anything bad word about us and has been a model professional and at present is playing some great stuff.

Frank Crewe
12 Posted 12/02/2016 at 17:57:47
Good. Everton need more players like him.
John Daley
13 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:02:02
Bill, I don't think there will be anyone 'moaning' about the fact he's been given a new contract, as I've never really heard anyone have a bad word to say about either his attitude or ability. However, there may be a fair few crossing their fingers and hoping he can actually go on to have a decent run in which he remains injury free for a change. Both the player himself, and the club who have shown faith in standing by him after a fair number of set backs, deserve that much at least.
Declan Campbell
14 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:02:53
Good player but not in Baines's class. How anyone can be calling him first choice left back is beyond me. He has been so unlucky with injuries, but what I do not understand is other unlucky players with injuries like Gibson get slated for always being injured, but with Oviedo, it is gell well soon lad etc.

Good player good bloke but how exactly has he shown loyalty. For the record I don’t expect players to show loyalty.
Andrew James
15 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:11:53
Well done, son!

Be interesting to see how Bainesy copes should he find Oviedo ever being first choice. I expect RM will rotate to keep the both fresh and keen. But I doubt Bainsey would want to play second fiddle for long. Great to have competition for places. Who’d have thought we d be happy to rest our keeper (okay, many would) but to have Stones, Baines, Mac (when Besic is fit) Deulofeu etc and still be happy with our starting 11.

We ’ve thrown away 6 or more points, but we do have the makings of an excellent squad with good depth in some but not all positions. Lets have a good end to the season and STAY POSITIVE. A happy positive club can achieve so much more than one which is burdened with negativity and doubt etc. No surprise Ross struggled last season as some of us gave him such a torrid time. Leicester are not better than us.... and have shown the big money boys and us what can be achieved without spending excessively.

Ian Hollingworth
16 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:14:02
Yes good news
Armando Canaj
17 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:16:17
Great player. Seems like a down to honest, humble fella.

First few months back he was obviously holding something back, but who wouldn't.

Hoping for him he fulfills his potential. Scare the hell out if opposing midfield and defence. And reliable when in the last third. Will mix up the service to the forwards. Its not always a croas into the box...not scared to cut back and interchange with Ross.


Stephen Scofield
18 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:23:52
Very happy about this! He's been great recently!
Harold Matthews
19 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:32:25
My kind of person. My kind of player.
Ken Williams
20 Posted 12/02/2016 at 18:40:04
Great news for the fans, great to have top players on the field and a strong bench to call on
Ged Simpson
21 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:00:37
We are all happy with this one
Brent Stephens
22 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:15:43
Apart from his football skills, I really know nothing about him as he doesn't get into "look at me" antics on or off the pitch. Just the way I like 'em.

Oviedo baby.

Brendan Fox
23 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:28:08
Good to see Bryan signing a new contract. Hope he can put his bad luck with injuries behind him and get a sustained run in the first team as he is a valuable squad member who always grafts hard.
Antony Matthews
24 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:32:30
This lad worked hard too but shows you what some footballers do with their money http://m.thisislancashire.co.uk/news/14274220.Former_Blackburn_Rovers_striker_confronted_police_officers_with_weapons_whilst_under_influence_of_cocaine/
Joseph Terrence
25 Posted 12/02/2016 at 19:59:34
First choice Left... winger
Colin Glassar
26 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:03:01
Fantastic news. It's obvious to anyone that Bryan loves playing for Everton and we love having him. I still love Bainsey though and look forward to seeing him go head to head with Oviedo baby for the LB slot.
Andy Meighan
27 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:14:07
Andrew (#15),

Leicester are better than us... in fact, at the moment, they are better than everyone in the Premier League – they're top of the League!!

We've beaten a League 2 side, Newcastle Utd and Stoke City who are both struggling at the moment... let's not carried away, hey?

Mark Frere
28 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:17:28
Good news... that is if he stays injury-free for a sustained period. I think it's definitely worth the risk though.

Baines probably has another couple of decent seasons left in him, so competition will be fierce... especially when Garbutt returns from his loan spell at Fulham.

Brendan Fox
29 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:18:43
I’m with you, Joseph; Oviedo for LW slot. Why both Baines and Oviedo cannot occupy the left side positions is a no-brainer for me especially as they could swap positions throughout the game and cover each other when one bombs forward.
Philip Holding
30 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:24:50
Love this guy, an Evertonian and a quality player. Great news this.
Les Martin
31 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:25:55
Baines has been a great left back but, at 31, will he improve? Oviedo could prove to be just as good as he is fast, tough and hard-working. His dead-ball accuracy may never be as good as Baines but he may defend better.

It is better that he is being judged coming back to full fitness, as we know how good he was becoming prior to injury. Great to have him signed up; Mo Besic next please – another superb player.

Dick Brady
32 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:27:29
Another one of those transfer gems that David Moyes was so good at finding.
Gavin McGarvey
33 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:36:11
I don't think the Baines/Oviedo LB/LW is a natural thing as Bainnar was, so if it's to happen it will take some work. Personally, I'd be surprised if it did.

That being said, they are both great players. I would like to see Baines move into central midfield, and I think Bryan is great as a LB going forward and fairly tidy defensively.

Mark Frere
34 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:36:18
Brendan, Full-Backs don’t necessarily make good wingers. Cleverley has done quite well on the left of midfield and we also have Mirallas who was in impressive form before his injury.

Coleman is a prime example of a Full-Back looking very average when asked to play as a right winger. We have enough options, we don’t need to put square pegs in round holes. (Here’s looking at you, Kone!)

Philip Holding
35 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:43:49
Dick Brady, like Stones, Moyes never played him or wanted to buy him. He had to be persuaded by our scouts as he didn’t rate either of them.
Colin Glassar
36 Posted 12/02/2016 at 20:57:09
Wasn't Bainsey supposed to do the Lahm role in MF? I hope BK got his money back after sending Roberto and Leighton all the way to Munich just to watch Lahm play.
Mike Gaynes
37 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:00:06

Class player, class guy.

To those promoting him as a LW in front of Bainesy, I'd say you have it backwards. Oviedo is the superior defensive player at this point -- he's a better tackler in the open and he pressures crosses in a way Baines does not -- and Baines is the superior creator. If we're going to play them both, put Baby behind Baines, not in front of him.

Mike T Jones
38 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:11:16
He is a class player who operates below the radar. I'm pleased with this news. He is a quality player and clearly a dedicated professional - when was the last time you read about him acting like a prima donna?..........exactly.

Another non Blue in the past who now appreciates how special this Club is

William Cartwright
39 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:16:01
Consistent respect and support in the posts for a quality player and person. I am so pleased for him and think he may be a surprise package for the run in towards the end of the season. COYB
Peter Cummings
40 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:22:21
Very good news but not unexpected good luck to him, hope Stones follows suit,don't think he has deserved all the negativity thrown at him in recent days, theres nothing wrong in being aware of your obvious talents including self confidence which he certainly has.
Eric Holland
43 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:39:27
Not another sick note on the books for 3 1/2 years
Danny O'Neill
44 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:41:13
Gain (32). Slightly off thread but you reminded me how much I didn't like the phrase Bainaar. Then again it's better than had we gone the other way around, which would have sounded wrong.
Laurie Hartley
45 Posted 12/02/2016 at 21:48:42
Very pleased for this young man.
Lev Vellene
47 Posted 12/02/2016 at 22:20:50
Looking at the injury stats, I should moan... But he's one of those that seems to be just haunted by real accidents (not 'injuries'...).

So yes, he gives his all, and that is quite well enough for me, when he's fit.

And if that gets our other players to keep on their toes... :P

Gavin Johnson
48 Posted 12/02/2016 at 22:30:06
He's a great player who has good all round ability and a great attitude but surely a rolling contract or a 2 year contract would have been for the best?!
Alan Bodell
49 Posted 12/02/2016 at 22:38:42
Lovely to hear, he hasn't had the best luck with injury with us but that winner at the Mancs. was a night to remember and he certainly is a valued quality we can rely on when fit.
Ian Smitham
50 Posted 12/02/2016 at 22:52:51
Great article, good thread and a consistent response from the contributors. I am really pleased he has signed and hope that some of the bodies who have been a bit neg about the player on other threads reflect on their views.

Philip Holding #34, noting your comments regards Moyes signing the two players you mention, just wondered where you have found evidence of your comments as I seem to have missed them.


Brent Stephens
51 Posted 12/02/2016 at 22:59:15
Eric #40 "Not another sick note on the books for 3 1/2 years".

What the feck is that all about?

Gerard Carey
52 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:00:39
Glad this has happened, first class player. Hope he can stay injury free.
Paul Thompson
53 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:06:16
Looks like goodbye to Garbutt then.
Eric Holland
54 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:24:17
Brent I had to do something!!! this thread was not a ToffeeWeb thread I think everyone has been on happy pills... It was making me all emotional!!!

I have been very impressed with him and hope he has no more injuries.

John Audsley
55 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:25:51
Very good news.

We have half a team of excellent left backs which is incredibly rare!

I would like to see Oviedo and Baines on the left side.

Andrew Presly
56 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:28:33
I was at Bryan's high point at Old Trafford and the low at Broadhall Way. He's been through a lot at this club in his relatively short time with us and I'd say a worthy replacement for Baines when the time comes. That time isn't yet. Garbutt then becomes the next Oviedo.
Kevin Walker
57 Posted 12/02/2016 at 23:34:14
Versatile, skillful, no ego...the perfect squad player, if he can stay fit.

IF he can stay fit...
Philip Holding
58 Posted 13/02/2016 at 00:25:57
Ian, can’t remember the scout's name but Google it and he should come up. Moyes never saw Bryan play and was very reluctant to sign him.

Scout said he had to practically beg Moyes to sign Stones as he didn’t think he was good enough for the league.
Jimmy Sørheim
59 Posted 13/02/2016 at 00:26:35
I am pleased we signed Oviedo on a new contract. If we lost him we would have to replace him, and we have more pressing matters at hand.

For example, we need Yarmolenko and a new goalie. I think we also need another right back, someone to push Coleman, as he has had no competition at all.

I think Hibbert should be released, and Pienaar plus Gibson has a real fight on their hands to prove they are worth anything.

I expect Gibson to show his talents towards the end of the season, but Pienaar looks like he is ready to hang up his boots.

Mark Andersson
60 Posted 13/02/2016 at 03:02:09
Dose this mean the take over is dead. After all why give a new contract now.

Anyway great news, I like his attitude and he can play too. Stay fit and it's like a new signing

Ernie Baywood
61 Posted 13/02/2016 at 04:19:18
The business keeps on running until it is sold... even then, new owners won't get involved in every decision.
Minik Hansen
62 Posted 13/02/2016 at 04:40:38
Hopefully this means Mirallas staying is more probable, as Oviedo is his very good friend. COYB.
Hugh Jenkins
63 Posted 13/02/2016 at 05:03:24
Colin (#35). I'm assuming that this is still on the cards and that Leighton will eventually replace Barry in that role,but with more of an attacking flare, with the LB position being taken by Garbutt (on his return) whilst Oviedo, plays the interchangeable LB / LM role, as needed.
Brian Porter
64 Posted 13/02/2016 at 06:01:19
Very pleased for Bryan and for Everton. Certainly wasn’t his fault he sustained that terrible double leg break, and it’s fantastic that he put in many hours of work in getting back to fitness only for injury to strike again. Yet he’s bounced back again and his attitude towards the game and Everton in particular can’t be faulted.

Wishing him a long and successful career with us and at international level too, let’s not forget he missed out on playing in the World Cup due to the broken leg. Hope he gets another opportunity.

Peter Barry
65 Posted 13/02/2016 at 06:44:52
Oviedo is a good player and Baines is just a shadow of what he used to be . So I am pleased we now have another #1 LB.
Jay Wood
66 Posted 13/02/2016 at 06:47:04
Great news. Top lad, good player with many years of good football left in him.

Oh ... and Phil Holding @ 34 and 54, these links rather make a nonsense of your unsubstatiated claims that Moyes never saw Bryan play and didn't fancy him.



Chris James
68 Posted 12/02/2016 at 08:31:20
Great news, a really versatile player who's had some really great spells (remember his breakthrough season when he rampaged down the left and cracked a few goals in) but been unlucky with injuries

Baines is better in some areas sure, but to be honest he's not been mind-blowing this year and has never been as effective without Pienaar in front of him.

Paul Olsen
69 Posted 13/02/2016 at 08:34:35
Good news if his injuries are in fact behind him. If he ends up playing the same amount of football as he has over the past 3 year, then this is a poor deal.
Paul Olsen
70 Posted 13/02/2016 at 08:34:35
Good news if his injuries are in fact behind him. If he ends up playing the same amount of football as he has over the past 3 year, then this is a poor deal.
Ernie Baywood
71 Posted 13/02/2016 at 10:58:48
You can't give contracts with hindsight though. It's a balance of security for the player and the club. It's either a good decision now or not, factoring in all the risks.

Secondly, you don't know what he's being paid. If he's cheap as chips then it's a risk worth taking.

Ernie Baywood
72 Posted 13/02/2016 at 10:58:49
You can't give contracts with hindsight though. It's a balance of security for the player and the club. It's either a good decision now or not, factoring in all the risks.

Secondly, you don't know what he's being paid. If he's cheap as chips then it's a risk worth taking.

Steven Jones
73 Posted 13/02/2016 at 11:00:51
Great news!! Made up for him – some wrote him off and he has proven you can come back well in Brian!

We now have a nice conveyor belt with Baines, Garbutt and Brian competing for that left-back birth...

Assuming Galloway will become the replacement for Jags, and Funes Mori in the conveyor.

Brent Stephens
74 Posted 13/02/2016 at 12:14:53
Eric #50 nice one.

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