Wilson Signs On

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 to sign."

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 good experience."

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 season.

"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."

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