Connolly And Yarney Turn Pro

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Callum Connolly and Josef Yarney are the latest Everton youngsters to sign their first professional contracts with the Club.

The defenders, both 17, have agreed two-year deals that will run until the end of the 2016/17 season.

They follow teammates Michael Donohue, Delial Brewster, James Yates, Jordan Thorniley, Mateusz Hewelt, James Graham and Antonee Robinson, who all signed professional terms last week.

Connolly, an England youth international, first joined Everton when he was aged nine.

“It’s a big moment for my family,” said the Merseyside-born teenager. “I’ve put the hard work in and thankfully it has paid off. 

“I’ve dedicated myself to Everton. I could have gone off and done other things but football is my passion and thankfully I am here where I am today.”

Yarney, who has also progressed through the Club’s Academy, is just as delighted to move a step closer to fulfilling a lifetime ambition of representing the Everton first-team.

He explained: “It’s brilliant,” he added. “It’s everything I have wanted since I came here. I’ve now got to keep on working hard and progressing.

“I was injured last season so first and foremost I want to establish myself in the Under-18s.

“I want to keep working hard, push on and see if I can get a spot in the Under-21s.” 

Interviews with both players are on evertontv now.

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