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Stanek Improving All The Time

by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Teenager Jindrich Stanek believes he is already a better goalkeeper less than six months after joining Everton.

The 18-year-old was brought in as one for the future on deadline day in January, arriving from Sparta Prague on a two-and-a-half year deal.

He subsequently made a handful of appearances for the Blues' Under-21s and last week enjoyed a taste of first-team life at the Club's pre-season boot camp in Austria.

Stanek admits stepping up to the level was an eye-opener compared to his youth days - but knows it's all good experience as he aims to establish himself as Everton's regular second-string stopper.

"It's been a great time for me since January because football here is a higher level than at home," the Czech Under-19 international told "The attitude for football and development of players here is better.

"Getting the chance to train with the first team and Inaki Bergara and the other goalkeeper coaches is unbelievable. I'm getting new experiences every day here. I feel like I have improved; I'm stronger, more powerful.

"Also, living alone in a foreign city has been good life experience for me and I have met a lot of new people.

"I've had my time to settle and now I want to force my way into the Under-21s' side if possible and generally just keep improving every day."

>>Four of Everton's pre-season games, starting with the game at Tranmere on Tuesday, are live on evertontv. For more information and to sign up, click here. 

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