David Moyes says that Seamus Coleman’s new contract is a reward for the defender’s continued improvement.
It was announced on Monday morning that the 24-year-old had inked a new five-and-a-half year deal with the Blues which will extend his stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.
The defender moved from Sligo Rovers in 2009 and has since made 85 appearances, both in his preferred position at right-back and in midfield.
And Moyes is convinced that the Republic of Ireland international is destined for many more games if he continues to develop at the same rate.
“I’m really pleased,” declared the Toffees boss. “He has worked really hard since we brought him in from Ireland and he deserves his contract.
“We brought him in as a right-back, he has played wide right but has got his games at full-back this season. We know he can do a job is both positions. He is a young boy and hopefully he can get better.
“He has a long way to go to get to the level Leighton Baines is at the moment. But that’s why we have kept him for a long time because we do see that there is a good chance for improvement there.
“We got him for very little money - £60,000 from Ireland - and so it has been great business by our scouts to spot him and bring him in.”
Improvement was very much at the forefront of the manager’s thoughts as Moyes also explained that he is looking for his team to continue their progress into the start of 2013.
Everton currently occupy sixth position in the Premier League table but Moyes says that he will demand more from his players as they strive for the highest possible Premier League finish.
“I want the team to try and continue to do what they have been doing,” added the Blues boss.
“They know I can be tough with them and be a bully because I want results from them. But I trust them and they need to keep playing the way they are. If they do that they will win more than they lose.
“I think it is easier to manage when your team is doing well. You don’t necessarily look at things too closely, you just try to keep it going.
“But we are always trying to improve and get better because we have to. We are certainly not going to settle for what we have got.
“If we can help the players to get better, like Seamus Coleman, and keep improving then that’s what we will try and do.”