Triple Coup For Blues

Everton youngsters Anthony Gerrard and Daniel Fox have become the Blues' first signings of the summer - and they are joined by Icelandic teenager Bjarni Thor Vidarsson.

Blues Boss David Moyes has decided to reward both Gerrard and Fox with their first professional contracts following an excellent season, which has seen them progress from Academy level to reserve team football.

Gerrard became a regular for Andy Holden's side in the centre of defence, making 17 appearances last term, whilst Fox managed to chalk up ten appearances of his own.

Both players will continue to work at the Academy but will also be regular visitors to Bellefield where they will train with Moyes and the senior players.

Daniel Fox and family at Goodison

Academy Director Ray Hall said: "They will move on and work with the first team squad as well as the Academy coaches from next season and it's an exciting time. I'd like to congratulate them and their families.

"They've worked so hard to achieve what they've got. They've not been given it, they've actually earned it and I hope the future is okay for them.

"I believe that at the moment we need good, strong, young players coming through and I hope these two players who we have nurtured for a number of years fit the bill."

Bjarni pictured with Phil Cannon and Ray Hall

Also signing in at Goodison today was 16-year-old midfielder Vidarsson, an under-17 Icelandic international, who has signed a similar deal to the one Patrizio Pascucci did last year.

Vidarsson will spend the first two years of his three-year deal at the Academy headquarters in Netherton before signing professional forms.

"We are in need of adding more quality to our Academy and this is why we are now looking further a field to try and do so," said Moyes.

Formerly of Iceland side FH, Vidarsson has been monitored by a whole host of top clubs both in the Premiership and abroad but has decided to start his full-time football education at Everton.

Hall added: "I saw him playing for the Icelandic under-17 team in the UEFA Qualifying championships in England. He was a year younger than anybody else and perhaps the best testimony that can be made to Bjarni is that possibly one of our better players in midfield for England didn't get a kick that evening.

"There's been a lot of interest. I've been to tournaments in Europe and people have been speaking about a young midfielder from Iceland and you're biting your lip hoping that things work out and today it has worked out."

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