Tom Davies has made clear his ambition is to become an established first-team regular with Everton after signing a new five-year contract to June 2021.
The midfielder, 18, made his first-team debut in April as a late substitute against a Southampton side then managed by new Blues boss Ronald Koeman.
He featured again in the campaign-ending 3-0 win over Norwich City and has so far started three of the Club's four pre-season fixtures, operating both at right-back and in the centre of the park.
Now Davies says the confidence boost of being handed revised terms by Koeman has inspired him to become a key player for the Dutchman going forward.
"It's great motivation knowing I'll be here for five years and that I can really push on and hopefully develop to become a really good player for the team and go on to do really well," Davies said in an exclusive interview with evertontv. "Coming back from the off season and going straight back with the first team has been a good insight for me into what's required of me for the season and to be around the players, play as much as I have and train with them, it's been vital for my progression as a player.
"I just want to become a regular first, that's something I am going to work towards and hopefully with the help of the staff and learning from other players I can get there."
Davies joined the Club's Academy at the age of 11 and has worked his way through the ranks to reach the first team and follow in the footsteps of his uncle, 1970 Everton title winner Alan Whittle.
With those family ties, the Liverpool-born teenager admits it was always the long-term goal but that hasn't stopped his rapid ascension taking a little getting used to.
"It has been a dream but I haven't really thought about it that much until it's actually come true, I haven't got too carried away," he said. "But the day it's come, it's unbelievable to actually have signed for five years and it's really taken me aback to think where I've come from as well.
"It's amazing and a pleasure to have signed again on another deal, my second deal with the Club and I'm just looking forward to having the next five years here.
"Playing the games against Southampton and Norwich, you just want to do it again as soon as you can. It's something I've missed. The next opportunity I get to play, particularly at Goodison, I'm sure I'll be up for it, ready and I just can't wait for that moment."
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