Garbutt Joins Fulham On Loan

Everton defender Luke Garbutt has completed a season-long loan move to Fulham.

The 22-year-old graduate of the Everton Academy, who signed a new five-year deal at Goodison Park last month, will spend the 2015/16 campaign gaining valuable playing time and experience with Kit Symons’ Championship team.

Garbutt will join up with his new teammates, including former England international Scott Parker and fellow England Under-21 international Marcus Bettinelli, ahead of the Cottagers’ opening league fixture against Cardiff City on 8 August.

"Luke is ready to go on loan and gain playing time and experience which will further help his development and, ultimately, help him to fulfil his potential," said Everton manager Roberto Martinez.

"He has all the talent in the world with his cultured left foot and he will shine and be a massive asset in the Fulham team and in their dressing room.

"This was always the plan for Luke after he impressed last season and regular, competitive football is the next step in his development. In his position, he is one of the most talented young players in England."

The left-back made his Premier League debut for the Toffees against Southampton in April 2014, going on to make 10 senior appearances last season.

He performed strongly in the UEFA Europa League 2-0 victory at Wolfsburg, the first of five appearances he made in the competition.

He also played in the home leg against Krasnodar, in both legs against BSC Young Boys and in the 2-1 win over Dynamo Kyiv at Goodison.

Garbutt has played international youth football for England from Under-16 through to Under-21 level.

Keep an eye on evertonfc.com for regular updates on Luke’s progression throughout the season.


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