Everton youngster Laurence Wilson has put pen to paper on his
first professional contract with the club.
The midfielder, who turned 18-years old in October, has signed
an 18-months deal and he is delighted to have done so.
"I've been working towards this since I first came to
Everton at the age of 11," he said. "I'm very happy
Wilson has been a reserve team regular this season and he agreed
that although the step-up has been extremely beneficial to his
development, second-string football is significantly different to
the Academy game.
"It's a lot faster and a lot harder," he said.
"You play against first team players at times but it's all
The Liverpool-born player admitted that the transition from
Academy to reserves has been made slightly easier by the fact that
so many of his peers have been pressed into second team action this
"It does help because you know how they play," he
said. "We've played together through the age-groups up to
the Under-18s and now the reserves."
As Wilson went through the contract formalities with club
secretary, David Harrison, at Goodison Park he was keen to recall
the Everton coaches who have helped him along the way.
"Andy Holden has been a big help to me and so have Neil
Dewsnip and Gary Ablett," he said.
"My aim from here is to establish myself in the reserve
team and then, hopefully, in a couple of years play for the first
team and sign a new contract."