Russell Griffiths has thanked the support he has received from Everton’s coaches after signing his first professional deal with the Club.
The 18-year-old shot-stopper hailed the relationship he enjoys with the coaches who have helped to develop him since joining the club four years ago.
“I’ve been really happy with my development since I have been here,” he told evertontv. “The club give you bags of confidence and you need that to get better.
“I have a good relationship with Kevin O’Brien, the Academy goalkeeping coach and Kevin Sheedy – they have been great, as was Alan Irvine before he sadly left.”
After a successful season with the Under-18s, Griffiths is now targeting a regular role with the Under-21s this season as a reward for his efforts.
“Last season was a great one after winning the Under-18s title,” explained Griffiths. “Hopefully now I can push on and help win the Under-21s league.
“My personal aims are to play consistently for the Under-21s but knowing the manager will always give you a chance, I would love to try and get on the bench or even turn out for the first team.”
You can catch Griffiths in action this weekend as the Under-21s travel to the Corbett Sports Stadium on Saturday to take on Rhyl.
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