Stanley Mills signs a new 3-year contract

10/08/2022 33comments  |  Jump to last

Stanley Mills, son of former England International Danny Mills, has signed a new 3-year contract at Everton, with intentions of him moving up to the first team.

The 18-year-old joined Everton Academy at the age of 14 and has made impressive progress through the age groups, with 6 goals in 31 appearances last season for the Under-23s.

Mills featured in all four of Everton’s pre-season fixtures and after agreeing hois new deal, he told Everton TV: “I’m delighted to continue my journey here. It’s been a really positive summer for me and I just want to keep working hard and progressing.

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“I wasn’t expecting to go to America so when I was picked to go, I was buzzing! It was a really good experience with the lads. They’ve been great and made me feel really comfortable in the first-team environment. I’m happy with what I did while I was there. I worked hard and am now just looking to push on again.

 “It was a dream come true to walk out at Goodison Park with the first team [for the friendly against Kyiv]. I wanted to do that since I was a little kid and the experience was great. All the fans were amazing.

“I want to keep pushing, keep moving forward. I haven’t got a specific goal in mind; I just want to keep training with the first team and see where it goes. I hope I can get on the pitch for a competitive game soon but I’m happy right now just to be in and around the environment.”

Director of football Thelwell said: “This new contract is reward for Stanley’s encouraging progress at Everton. He took his chance to impress Frank and his staff during the summer and we are looking forward to him continuing to develop and keep pushing to be involved with the first team this season.”


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Tony Everan
1 Posted 10/08/2022 at 14:34:58
Great news that Stan Mills has signed a new three year contract. Looking forward to see him develop with us. There’ll be first-team cameos on the way too this season.
Mike Gaynes
2 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:10:06
Good morning, all. Awakened at 4am by an alert from the club website (I forgot to mute the phone) regarding the new 3-year deal for young Mills.

What a speedy developer he is -- I was unfamiliar with him just a couple of months ago, and now he's front and center. Kick on, young man!

Mike Gaynes
3 Posted 10/08/2022 at 15:11:46
By the way, there is absolutely no truth to the rumor I am starting that Stanley Mills is the great-nephew once removed of our own TW icon Peter Mills.
Hugh Jenkins
4 Posted 10/08/2022 at 16:26:43
An attaching midfielder – hopefully to follow in the footsteps of our esteemed Manager.

Thelwell says Frank was impressed with Mills on the summer tour of USA – so let's hope we have a talent on our hands that can be fast-tracked into the first team.

Joe McMahon
5 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:07:35
Brilliant news!
Jack Convery
6 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:15:19
Good business yet again. Looking forward to seeing this lad appearing in the first team soon.
Colin Glassar
7 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:18:01
I’m waiting for the Gana Gueye signing. I was promised it would be today.
Martin Mason
8 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:24:16
Best of luck, Stanley!
Jim Lloyd
9 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:25:09
Patience, Colin. I'm hoping to see this lad, as a mate of mine raves over him; and sees him in the first team squad now. I'm going to try and get to the Southport games when I can.

Great news and I wish him all the luck going, in his career. A good attacking midfielder... excellent news!

Brian Wilkinson
10 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:36:25
Absolutely over the moon with this, one of the best youngsters I’ve seen for a long time, a little like Gordon but much better at distribution, decision making and an absolute eye for goal.

Going to go to the very top this lad.

David Bromwell
11 Posted 10/08/2022 at 17:41:31
Great news the more of our own lads who progress to the first team the better. It's been a good couple of weeks with the first team squad looking stronger by the day.

Still short of forward players of course, and some dead wood to shift, but from what looked very depressing a couple of weeks ago we can begin to see the squad taking shape.

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:11:07
Stanley has a good chance of playing in Everton’s first team. He has a good football brain, not afraid of the hard work, and can put a good tackle in. Most importantly, he has an eye for goal and can shoot from a distance.

I hope he is one of a clique of players coming through now who finishes up where we want them to be, in the first-team squad and eventually regulars in the first team.

Best of luck to you, Stanley, and all of your mates.

Tom Bowers
13 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:18:42
I will reserve judgement until I see him perform in the Premier League.

Too many have promised so much in the academy and Under-23s and never quite progressed when the step up was made.

Hopefully he will be an exception as we desperately need new attacking blood.

Brent Stephens
14 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:22:15
At the start of last season, I'd have said Dobbin was the one to watch but I reckon he has stalled in his development, and Mills has overtaken him – he developed at a pace last season.
Jay Harris
15 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:36:30
The lad played very well on the tour and showed he is not out of place in that company.

If he carries on learning under Frank and his team he will be an outstanding player IMO.

John Graham
16 Posted 10/08/2022 at 18:55:27
Great news.

One of the stand-out performers in the U23s last season and didn’t look out of place with the first-team squad in the pre-season.

Feel he has now pushed himself ahead of Tom Davies for a starting spot and will hopefully be a regular on the bench this season.

Good luck, lad. Grasp this opportunity with both hands and hope to see you as a guaranteed starter in the years to come.

Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:05:34
Credit where it’s due – his Dad was a decent player; he will keep his focus on working hard and not getting carried away.

I think the signs are good. Best of luck, Stanley.

Martin Reppion
18 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:43:42
His dad was also that rarity, a footballer who sounded articulate and intelligent. If this has rubbed off he is more likely to be understand the potential pitfalls and be able to concentrate on fulfilling his potential.

Looking forward to seeing his progress over the next couple of seasons.

Terry Farrell
19 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:49:07
His dad was also a bit nuts with an edge! Hope Stan is a bit like that.

I miss Gravesen, Tim Cahill and Felliani-type characters.

Dale Self
20 Posted 10/08/2022 at 19:55:15
Coady is one of those, just my impression.
Jim Lloyd
21 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:00:34
You're spot on, Dale!
Michael Williams
22 Posted 10/08/2022 at 20:55:07
Good luck to the kid. I hope those of us on TW show a lot of patience with this youngster when he gets his chance.

23 Posted 10/08/2022 at 21:11:16
Martin 18.

His dad articulate and intelligent? The same Danny Mills who tried to blame Everton fans for all the shenanigans in Paris at the Champions League final?

Yes, spot on there, Danny, because we were unlucky that night against Real... Unbelievable. That said, his lad can't help that and I've heard great things about him. Hope we see a few cameos this season.

Danny O’Neill
24 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:32:48
Pleased thos. He looks promising.

He can celebrate with a start against Fleetwood, who I see we've just drawn in the League Cup.

Can't remember where Colin, but just read on a twitter flash that we've switched attention to a Salzburg midfielder because we couldn't agree mutual terms with PSG.

Who knows? Let's see what happens. It wasn't until a few days ago Onana was going to West Ham.

Peter Mills
25 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:42:53
Michael #3,

I can think of many other words than “icon” people might use to describe me, you've got the number of letters right, though!

If young Stanley takes after me, the poor lad is doomed to a career of being a lumbering right-back, wishing he could get close enough to his winger to be able to kick him.

I wish him all the luck in the world, he sounds a good character, a word Frank Lampard seems keen on.

Mike Gaynes
26 Posted 10/08/2022 at 22:47:24
Pete, the kid is tall, blonde and handsome. Your resemblance is striking.

Seriously, though, the glimpses we've gotten are pretty exciting. Not often you see a player that young look so eager and confident on the ball. Not a hint of diffidence or timidity. And the talent is obvious.

Brian Wilkinson
27 Posted 11/08/2022 at 00:36:18
This might sound strange but, although Rooney in his prime was different class to any youngster we had since, I would put Mills down to having the thinking and awareness very similar to Rooney. He looks for a key pass and takes players on, already aware of his run or his next pass.

Much as I like Gordon, Gordon lacks that awareness of when getting into great positions, not aware of that killer pass to a teammate, a bit like Barkley was or Tom Davies, they could take players on, then run down a blind alley.

No doubting Gordon puts 100% in every game, if he could bring that awareness to his game on decision-making, he would be the complete player. Maybe that will come, when he has better players alongside him.

Dupont Koo
28 Posted 11/08/2022 at 02:25:14
Great news indeed! Not only are we shutting the door on having another Thierry Small & Emilio Lawrence and consolidating the pathways for the young guns to transition from the Academy to First Team, but also we are protecting our assets and securing our future.

Having Stanley & Seamus (when can we have S&S Right Side?) gunning for his place, Nathan will now have to go all out every single minute in practices and games, which is only good for him and the team!

Tony Abrahams
29 Posted 11/08/2022 at 08:37:05
Good luck to Stanley Mills, on the very long road to becoming a top level footballer. I was thinking he might now get sent on loan, but maybe Everton will keep him in the under 21’s this season, or at least until January, when hopefully he might already be beginning to outgrow junior football.

Good point on Gordon, Brian. I don’t think Anthony has always been the hardest worker, and I’m not sure if he would ever have become a first team regular, if he never attached hard work to his game. To his credit he’s achieved this, so hopefully now he can really start developing the side of his game that has probably always come the most naturally?

Hard work has turned him into a top flight footballer, so if he can now develop his natural talent, then I think Anthony Gordon, has every chance of becoming a top player.

Andrew Keatley
30 Posted 11/08/2022 at 11:22:20
Always hard to know which academy players will live up to their early promise, but it feels to me that Stanley Mills has exceeded expectations over the last 18 months and right now he is probably the young player most likely to get minutes in the first team.

With Lampard seemingly looking to play with wing-backs high up the pitch, Mills has the attributes to provide excellent cover on the right-hand side. Quick, tenacious, determined, with a very good engine and an eagerness to take players on - I think Mills provides decent cover for Patterson, as Seamus Coleman will eventually be given the role of right centre-back (in the three at the back).

Sometimes a player will pleasantly surprise the coaching staff and fellow players with how well they adapt from academy football to senior football, and I think that Stanley Mills is such a player. I look forward to seeing him respond to any opportunities he is given, as something tells me that he's going to continue pleasantly surprising people.

Derek Knox
31 Posted 11/08/2022 at 13:41:34
If there was anything to take from, or be satisfied with the pre-season, especially in the States, it was the appearances of Stanley Mills and Lewis Warrington, apart from Takowski further establishing that he will be a great addition to the much-needed rebuilding of the first team/squad. Very pleased for the lad and hope he continues to improve and impress.

Wonder if his Nan, or possibly Great Nan, was Mrs Mills, who was great on 'the old joanna'? 🤔😜

Keith Harrison
32 Posted 11/08/2022 at 19:01:46
I remember going to a Carling/Caraboa/Milk/League Cup QF at Boro away a few years ago.

James MacFadden was tearing his dad a new one. Mills senior then kicked him from pillar to post, out of the game, and we went out on pens after a 0-0 draw.

If he has his father's aggression plus his own blossoming talent and Uncle Peter's brains, we could have a real gem on our hands.

Here's hoping!!

Brian Murray
33 Posted 11/08/2022 at 20:59:54
He has a bit about him and, until Gordon and Gray stop being anonymous or someone else steps up, then he should at least be on the bench.

I don’t want to hear "Send him on loan" – we are not at that luxury yet. Case in point: Saturday's game at Villa has nil-nil written all over it but a touch of class gets all 3 points.

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