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Conor Grant has signed a new one-year contract with Everton - while five more players have penned their first professional deals.

Goalkeeper Mateusz Hewelt, full-back James Yates and winger Michael Donohue have all signed two-year contracts, while centre-back James Graham and full-back Antonee Robinson have agreed terms for one year.

Grant, 20, has been at the Club since the age of 13 and has risen through the ranks at Finch Farm.

A midfielder, he appeared for the first team in pre-season during the summer of 2013, but injury hindered his campaign.

Back fully fit during 2014/15, the Fazakerly-born Academy graduate was a regular for the Under-21s and was named on the bench for the senior side’s Europa League tie against Krasnodar at Goodison Park.

In February, Grant moved on loan to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, where he made 12 appearances and scored once to help the Fir Park outfit beat the drop.

Meanwhile, the younger quintet follow swiftly on the heels of centre-back Jordan Thorniley and striker Delial Brewster, who both agreed professional terms on Wednesday.

Hewelt, 18, played 21 times for the Under-18s last season, gained six starts for the Under-21s and finished the campaign by travelling with the first team as back-up to Tim Howard and Joel Robles.

Wales Under-19 international Graham, also 18, played 21 times for the Under-18s in 2014/15, having been a part of the age group’s title-winning side a year before.

Robinson (below), a skilful, attack-minded defender, was injured for that same title run-in but bounced back last term to earn a regular place in David Unsworth's Under-21s side.


England Under-17 international Yates was also a regular for the Under-18s as they narrowly missed out on a second successive Premier League crown in 2014/15 and, like Graham and Robinson, was called into the Under-21 group for pre-season training in Austria last month.

Warrington-born Donohue, who experienced that league title success in 2013/14 as a schoolboy, continued with the Academy side last term, while also making five appearances for the Under-21s.


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