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Seamus Coleman says it would be hard to walk away from Everton this summer and that he will "have a think" over his future before making a decision on a new one-year contract.

The Irishman's current terms expire again this summer but he confirmed in interview with evertontv on the pitch after Saturday's 1-0 win over Sheffield United that he has been offered a new deal.

Coleman has spent 15 years at Everton after arriving from Sligo Rovers in a now famous £60,000 deal and surpassed both Tim Howard and Leon Osman this season to set a new record of Premier League appearances for the Toffees at 363 so far.

Injury and fitness issues have restricted the skipper to just six starts this season but as Everton enter a potentially hectic summer that may see a large number of players depart due to the Club's financial struggles, he could provide a much-needed option on the pitch and a steadying influence off ir.

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“The Club means everything to me," the 35-year-old said. "I suppose I live and breathe it like everyone else. It’s been a hell of a ride the last two or three years, and it’s not a case that you just turn up for work, go home and forget about it.

“You live and breathe it, and it’s been tough. But I absolutely love this football club, I love this stadium. We’ve got another year here at Goodison, so I’m happy to have been offered something and I’ll have a think.

“This football club means everything to me and, as I said before when I signed my last contract, it is hard to walk away from something you love.”

It's not just Seamus for whom the old adage "Once Everton has touched you, nothing will be same" holds true. His family have all become huge Evertonians on the back of his association with the Toffees.

“They live and breathe it,” Coleman said. “My two girls love it. My little man is just getting into it now. Obviously, my wife has been with me since we’ve been 15, 16, so she’s a big Evertonian, as well.

“Family back home... Everton has taken over our life, and we couldn’t be at a better place. We live and breathe it – here and at home.”


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Pete Ellingham
1 Posted 13/05/2024 at 18:18:12
What an absolutely class man! True legend in my opinion.
Christy Ring
2 Posted 13/05/2024 at 18:49:11
Agree, Pete, a true legend, he should sign for another year.

He's still capable of playing in the Premier League, but only one game a week at most.

Danny O’Neill
3 Posted 13/05/2024 at 18:58:55
Stay Seamus. There’s always a place for you at Everton.

Pre-season trip to Donegal.

Neil Lawson
4 Posted 13/05/2024 at 19:01:44
His importance goes far beyond what may only be occasional starts. He represents fantastic value for money when compared to many. Of course he should sign and we know that he will never let us down.
Bill Hawker
5 Posted 13/05/2024 at 19:15:11
This one is simple. Sign him to another one year deal.
Larry O'Hara
7 Posted 13/05/2024 at 19:37:12
Yes: stay!
Mike Hayes
8 Posted 13/05/2024 at 19:44:16
Seamus is an Everton legend – worth his weight in gold; one of those rare Evertonians who live and breathe Everton.

Every time I waited for photos and signatures, Seamus would be there for an hour and a half or more, signing, posing and chatting to us waiting fans. I hope he signs and plays as much as he can.

Jack Convery
9 Posted 13/05/2024 at 21:08:42
He's still good enough so give him another 12 months. Seamus is so honest, he wouldn't hesitate to say no, if he wasn't up to it. However Coufal on a free from WHU might be a good bit of business for the RB spot. No more square pegs in round holes. Coufal as 1st choice and Seamus as back up.

If Dyche does not fancy Patterson, sell him or loan him out to a Championship team were he will get plenty of action.

Bobby Mallon
10 Posted 13/05/2024 at 21:42:44
From Jack @9 to Pete @1 I agree wholeheartedly that he's a legend. But I don't think we should offer him a new contract.

We need a new young fitter right back (we actually need two). I get the sentiment but we need to move on. We have been here so many times, time for change IMO.

Nick Armitage
11 Posted 13/05/2024 at 21:50:48
He'll still be playing for us when he's Ashley Young's age, and regardless, he's still our best right back by a considerable margin.
Derek Knox
12 Posted 13/05/2024 at 22:00:22
A no-brainer, don't imagine any hesitation from Seamus!
Mike Price
13 Posted 13/05/2024 at 22:30:05
Have to agree with Bobby #10.

We all respect Seamus but this club is known for giving charity contracts. Everyone is clamouring for ruthless, hard-headed business decisions regarding recruitment, so we can't be living in the past and offering a contract to a player who will probably be unfit for half the season.

Jerome Shields
14 Posted 13/05/2024 at 22:46:55
Bobby#10 and Mike#13,

Seamus will sign another yearly contract. Already in the bag.

Steve Green
15 Posted 14/05/2024 at 00:42:36
No-brainer that he is worth another 12-month deal.

Probably the only sticking point is the terms involved. I don't know about you but I reckon we should weigh him in around the £60k per week mark!

Jerome Shields
16 Posted 14/05/2024 at 02:50:20
For me, Seamus getting wheeled out while obviously a new contract has been agreed really shows the reality of Everton. The club really hasn't changed one bit and administration is the inevitable result of the culture that has developed over the last 30 years and continues to push Everton over a cliff.

Basically during the 2021-22 season, an effort was made to cut back the squad to come within PSR with no other cost control measures. In the 2022-23 season, with still no other cost control measures, doubled the losses, probably causing a breach of PSR once again, with the bonus of 97% wages. We are heading into 2023-24 with no change in cost control measures and trending even bigger losses. Next season, we are looking at a 9-point deduction for Administration and a further PSR point deduction.

Seamus who will never retire, and Evertonians being asked to believe the above sop tells you everything about this club of ours.

Brian Cleveland
17 Posted 14/05/2024 at 05:28:40
Been saying all along. First game at the new stadium... Testimonial for Seamus.

Paul Hewitt
19 Posted 14/05/2024 at 06:54:51
Sentiment FC strikes again.
Eric Myles
20 Posted 14/05/2024 at 07:01:12
If we sell him we can make a profit in the accounts which will help our PSR.

So on that basis, give him a 2-year contract and sell him on at Christmas.

Duncan McDine
21 Posted 14/05/2024 at 07:12:49
Eric, I assume that was tongue-in-cheek?

Even a Saudi Prince with learning difficulties would know that you don't buy a 53-year-old player unless they've won the Ballon d'Or.

Brian Cleveland, that's a great shout.

Ian Jones
22 Posted 14/05/2024 at 07:39:01
Duncan, your comment made me look for other 53-year-olds we could buy… 😀

There's a few to choose from, Yorke, Cole, Roy Keane but I'd go for Pep Guardiola and, depending how Sean Dyche gets on, he could be player/manager.

Colin Glassar
23 Posted 14/05/2024 at 07:40:35
As a squad player, yes.

Keep him for a season and a day so he can lead us out on our home debut at BMD. Sub him after 5 minutes so he can get a well deserved farewell ovation.

Bill Gienapp
24 Posted 14/05/2024 at 08:03:59
Coleman can still more than hold his own on the pitch, you just can't count on him to do it week in and week out over the course of a full season.

Which would be fine, since the torch should have been well and truly passed to Patterson by now, but of course we bungled that (by far the biggest bone I have to pick with Dyche this campaign).

Rob Jones
25 Posted 14/05/2024 at 08:38:24
"Sentiment FC"? Really?

The man can still do a good job, he'll be relatively cheap, and he's a worthwhile voice in the dressing room. Get it in your heads… We have no money!!!

Keeping him for another season, even if it doesn't appeal, is good business.

We're back to penury, and we have no choice but to cut our cloth accordingly. That means we're going to have to make decisions like this. Thelwell and Dyche know this. They also know that framing this a "Everton offer club legend another one-year deal" is better than "Everton offer contract to low-cost 35-year-old right back".

Everton have existed on sentiment for a long time. This isn't it. This is low-budget squad building.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 14/05/2024 at 08:40:50
That's a sensible post Bill. He has looked after himself and can still do a job, as you say, just not every week. It's time to bring in Patterson, the 22-year-old, to prove himself. And we can always use Jimmy Garner there tood

But then name me a player in the modern game who does? I don't think there are many. The closest we've had in this past season are probably Pickford and Tarkowski.

Anyway, going off on a different slant, it's coming up to end of season awards. Maybe I'll get to attend.

Player of the season for me is Tarkowski.

Young Player of the season undoubtedly Branthwaite, although he could pick up both.

And he could even make it a triple with Player's Player.

This is probably worth a different thread to get everyone's opinion.

Maybe with a vote / poll to see what the supporters think.

Eddie Dunn
27 Posted 14/05/2024 at 08:59:49
A great chap and in his day, a very good player, but there really is no room for sentiment in the modern game. I don't want to see him costing us goals.

Seamus is now too slow, and he tires toward the last quarter, and it is no coincidence that he has been injured for much of the season.

He should go into coaching like Baines. Baines, Jags, and now Coleman. Age catches up with everyone.

Rennie Smith
28 Posted 14/05/2024 at 09:27:47
As Carlo said, Seamus has a contract for life at Everton, he brings a whole lot more we don't see at Finch Farm and behind the scenes. My only concern is at his age he needs to manage game time carefully and I wouldn't want to see Dyche asking him to put it in every game like he does with Young, he clearly doesn't fancy Patterson.

I think he's still got the ability to play in the PL, but not for every game, and he's too much of a club legend to have the keyboard warriors jump on his back after a bad game.

The sentimental stars generally align on things like this, last game at Goodison, last game for a club legend etc. Let's just hope it's relaxed like this season's last game.

Eric Myles
29 Posted 14/05/2024 at 09:40:00
Duncan #21, well spotted ;-))

Ian #22, wasn't Yakubu 53 when he played for us?

Brian Harrison
30 Posted 14/05/2024 at 09:44:29
Given that Dyche obviously doesnt fancy Patterson to extend Colemans contract for another year is a no brainer. As most have suggested he probably cant play every game but what a player to bring in and have around the team.
John Graham
31 Posted 14/05/2024 at 11:33:01
Seamus has been a legend, and hopefully will be at Everton for quite a few more years, but not as a player, hopefully the contract he has been offered will be on a game by game basis but also has some kind of coaching clause to help bring the younger players through.

We desperately need to start bringing younger players into our squad and get the emphasis on youth as we can't afford to buy experienced ones unless they are 30 plus or bang average or both.

Minik Hansen
32 Posted 14/05/2024 at 12:04:15
We need to keep him and prioritize one or few other areas that we barely can afford. One more season with Seamus to sign off from the very last game from Goodison Park, and we can bring in a much needed younger, hungry and good player, like we almost did with Dumfries.

We love you, Seamus. And we know what you still can bring in to the team, albeit maybe not as the first on the teamsheet every match.

Bobby Mallon
33 Posted 14/05/2024 at 12:15:49
Rob Jones @25.

If you're serious then we need to start using our U21s and get rid of our high earners. If 97% is spent on wages then this has to be addressed ASAP by selling all of our high earners pronto.

James Hughes
34 Posted 14/05/2024 at 12:36:43
More than happy if he signs for another year. The man has standards and shows it.

Also we been a bit short of leaders until Dyche turned up.

ps: If we sell Jarred I will be turning up in Monaco with pitchfork and flaming torches

Neil Lawson
35 Posted 14/05/2024 at 12:43:42
Danny 26. A good idea but a waste of time.

If it's not Branthwaite for Player and Young Player, then we should all go and jump in the Mersey. His contribution has been immense and I truly believe that without him we would be heading to the Championship.

He is the player we need to hold onto more than any other at least for one season to get us into the new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in the Premier League. Tarkowski can have Players' Player.

Barry Hall
36 Posted 14/05/2024 at 13:17:23
Sentiment FC… hmm. I didn't grow up knowing this club or even the sport like all of you on this forum. So, apologies in advance if my perspective is ill-informed

But how is sentiment not a huge part of following this team? Fighting to avoid relegation for the last 3 years, it has to be more than just wins. The Goodison crowd, the songs played before the match that I watch on TV each week, and players like Seamus are the reason I immersed myself in this club and will continue to do so.

Of course, adding much-needed quality to the lineup would be amazing. But, I'm not sure I would feel the same if suddenly we had 11 mercenaries added to the squad with brand new Saudi money. Yes, it's the shirt that I cheer for, but it's also the players who play in a way that represents what that jersey means.

If Coleman has no place on this team, in our current predicament, in favor of bringing in a younger right back with the money we don't have, then I know even less than I thought I learned about being a Toffee.

Coleman for another year is a no-brainer for me. Whatever he can give this team, he will.

Danny O’Neill
37 Posted 14/05/2024 at 13:45:21
Don't apologise Barry.

I often stand in the stadium and emotional wreck having to calm myself down before watching the team off the pitch.

Be sure to watch on Sunday and listen to the travelling blues as well as clapping them on from wherever you are watching.

Watch Tunnel Access on the official website. Great to see the players with their families walking around the pitch at the end taking it in.


Bill Gall
38 Posted 14/05/2024 at 13:48:06
Sometimes a player is worth more than just turning out every week. In Coleman we have a player who can do the job either as a regular or backup to another younger player, but is also a respected club ambassador to either the present squad or young players coming up.
Either the management do not see that Patterson has a future at Everton, or there are no youth players in contention then we have to have a reliable player in position or transfer someone else in.
We are at the moment "up shits creek without a paddle '
and will have to rely on who we have until there is money to replace them, with Coleman you know what you are getting, a player who is fully committed to Everton and is respected by other players no matter how much they cost or what they are potentially worth in the future.
Sometimes stability is worth more than money, and the one thing that can be relied on with Coleman is stability.
Brian Wilkinson
39 Posted 16/05/2024 at 10:34:13
I can never figure out how submit an article for discussion, been a while since I did one, so will use this topic for the article I intended.

With the season coming to an end it would be interesting to have a fans vote or opinion on their Everton player of the season and also young player of the season.

Ive decided to put two different catergories so that I can include two players.

For the young player of the season I am going with Branthswaite, although very very close for the player of the season, I wanted to ensure the other player got a mention.

Branthswaite is a player that you hope and pray stays with us at the very least another season, his link up with Tarkowski has for me been the best centre half pairings within the entire Premier league.

Now the player of the season is much tougher, there has been a few contenders, but for me, my vote goes to Mykolenko, He has had a great season and improved beyond belief, not much got passed him on the left, on a whole stood up and made the opposing player play the ball elsewhere, not many players got the better of him by skinning him down the wing, again others will look to Pickford, Tarks, Calvert Lewins re-emergance, but I am sticking with my two of Mykolenko and Branthswaite.

What are other Evertonians nominations,be nice to see similar and differing views.

Brian Wilkinson
40 Posted 16/05/2024 at 11:49:06
Ignore above, now figured out how to submit a topic.
Danny O’Neill
41 Posted 16/05/2024 at 11:55:25
Brian, it would be good if Lyndon and Michael could put up one of those online voting polls.

Based on traditional awards, Tarkowski for Manager's Player, Branthwaite for Young Player and possibly Player's Player.

Supporter's player if it exists: Probably Branthwaite again.

Pickford could come close, but I can't see beyond those 3.

Michael Kenrick
42 Posted 16/05/2024 at 13:53:58
Hi Danny,

Brian Wilkison has just submitted a short piece on this Player of the Season thing that I haven't published yet; I was going to wait and see if Lyndon wanted to do it as a poll.

Danny O’Neill
43 Posted 16/05/2024 at 14:27:37
It might be best Michael otherwise we'll end up in an endless stream of tribalism and debate. Not that is a bad thing, but I think a poll would be a good idea.
Brian Wilkinson
44 Posted 16/05/2024 at 15:08:46
Yes poll would be good michael cheers
Mike Doyle
45 Posted 16/05/2024 at 19:52:43
Could the poll include a category for TW poster of the year?
I suspect Paul Ferry will be nominating the currently quiet Victor Wu.
Brendan McLaughlin
46 Posted 18/05/2024 at 20:10:03
Brian #39 & 40,

Brilliant... warms my soul, this ToffeeWeb.

Oliver Molloy
47 Posted 18/05/2024 at 21:12:45
@ 17,

Yep, no secret it's Everton v Ireland he wants!

Martin Farrington
48 Posted 18/05/2024 at 21:13:59
Since the dead one was in charge, up to and including his death, a 24-year period, Everton have contracted 31 first-team players (excluding Seamus) between the ages of 33 and 39 years of age.

That number rockets above 50 if you include over 30s.
We have never been a youthful team per se. Nor invested wisely, intelligently or shrewdly in youth set up to advance the first team.

Any exceptional youngsters were always sold, never seen as the future. The club were always held back because of an egomaniacal narcissist. Our situation is that we are in dire need of Premier League quality players. We with a threadbare squad, with a weak academy.

Seamus is still a very good player who can hold his own at Premier League level and is a definite asset. It is not sentiment whatsoever considering our pre-disposition for signing aged professionals at the end of their careers.

Kevin Molloy
49 Posted 18/05/2024 at 21:18:20
Are we absolutely sure he's dead?

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