Ibou Touray has today become the latest Everton Academy graduate to sign a professional contract with the Club.
The full-back, 18, has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal – the fifth youngster this summer to agree senior terms.
Touray first joined Everton in 2011 on a scholarship after he came to the Club’s attention when, ironically, playing against the Blues in a youth fixture.
Touray told evertontv: “I was on trial at Liverpool for three months and I played against Everton. A few days later my dad got a phone call asking if I wanted to sign a scholarship. I said yes because I thought it was a better choice than Liverpool.
“I’m delighted [to get a professional deal]. I came from playing Sunday league three years ago, so it’s a good achievement in such a short space of time.”
Touray was a regular for the Under-18s last season and also made eight appearances for the Under-21s.
The left-sided defender is aiming for more action with Alan Stubbs’ side this year and believes he has a perfect role model at the Club to help him achieve that target.
“Leighton Baines is probably one of the best left-backs in the country," he enthused. "It’s good that I see him around [the training ground].
“He’s a great player and hopefully one day I can be on his level.”
As well as Touray, Matthew Pennington, Chris Long, Conor Grant and Tyias Browning have all signed professional contracts in recent weeks.