Contract extensions for three U23 players

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017 2comments  |  Jump to most recent

Everton have extended contracts for Courtney Duffus, Gethin Jones and Calum Dyson for at least another 12 months.

This comes in a addition to the two-year contract extension announced for Under-23s goalkeeper Mateuz Hewelt.

Few who have played for the victorious Premier League 2 Champions are likely ot be released, with David Unsworth saying he has eyes on a couple of incoming players to boost his options.


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Charlie Lloyd
1 Posted 24/05/2017 at 21:54:27
Fair enough for the lads but my only concern is we may start stockpiling decent U23 players who are unlikely to transition to the first team to the detriment of the emerging talents from the U18s.

I've been fairly impressed with Jones, though whether a Premier League career develops is debatable. Both Duffus and Dyson, who spent time on loan at Grimsby will have to improve immensely to make the first-team squad.

Dave Abrahams
2 Posted 25/05/2017 at 09:35:28
Good summing up there, Charlie, it is a huge turnover at this stage of young players career. I hope the ones released don't think it is the end of the road for them and give up, hopefully they will get a start at another club and stay in the game.

I remember four or five years ago seeing a young lad, Tom Molyneux, captain of the youth team, was MotM for me in an FA Youth Cup match, he was released at the end of that season. I didn't know the lad, but made inquiries through The Echo, the kid was devastated, loved Everton. I followed his career through the papers, he played for a couple of non-league teams then I lost track of his career; he looked a decent player to me but maybe gave up.

The clubs don't always do enough to help players once they are released and often they do not have skills they can turn to. The bottom line often is: If you are are good, you are in demand; if not, you can do one.

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