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Maarten Stekelenburg talks about his journey to Everton in Friday night’s issue of the matchday programme.

The Dutchman arrived from Fulham over the summer and has slotted in as the Blues’ number one under Ronald Koeman.

It is the third time Stekelenburg has worked under his countryman, with prior spells at Ajax Amsterdam and then Southampton.

The 34-year-old  glovesman has had stints in Italy and France between those clubs and he tells the matchday programme of some of the challenges he faced away from Holland.

“It’s been a tough couple of years to be fair but I’m on my way back.” he reveals. “Ajax was my home. It was nice and convenient but as you go abroad, you get different situations.

“You get situations in your career where you go to a club and then after a year you work with a new coach. At Roma, one manager [Luis Enrique] bought me and I signed a four-year deal but he left after one season. The coach that came in during my second year [Zdeněk Zeman] didn’t fancy me for whatever reason. Some coaches like you, some don’t like you - those things happen. You have to cope with that. Something similar happened at Fulham as well.

“From that, you have to find a solution. Monaco gave me a way out on loan [in August 2014] and it was two weeks before the deadline so I needed to take that chance. It was a nice year and we did well in the Champions League. I played all the cup games, eight appearances altogether.

“Last summer, Ronald called me before the season to tell me that Fraser Forster was injured. He asked if I wanted to help him out at Southampton until he was fit, so I did.”

Joining Stekelenburg in tonight’s edition is Shane Duffy, who is our featured ‘Football League Toffee’. Now at Brighton and Hove Albion, the former Everton youngster talks about his move from Goodison to Blackburn Rovers and his recent experience at the Euros with Ireland.

Ally McCoist is our special guest interviewee, telling stories of his time at Rangers with Richard Gough, Steve Watson explains his recent appointment as assistant manager at Macclesfield Town, and Yannick Bolasie plays ‘This or That’.

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