Harry Charsley has signed a new contract with Everton until the end of June 2019.
The 20-year-old, an all-action midfielder who can also play in defence, has been an integral part of David Unsworth’s Under-23s’ side this season and has now set his sights on clinching the Premier League 2 title before trying to force his way into Ronald Koeman’s first-team plans.
The Wirral-born, Republic of Ireland youth international came off the bench at half-time to help the young Blues record a 4-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur on Monday, meaning the Under-23s require two points from their final two games to guarantee the league crown.
“I’m delighted to sign the new deal,” Charsley told evertontv. “I’ve worked hard this season so it is nice to get a reward at the end of it.
“I’ve worked hard every year, tried to get better every season and with the help of all the coaches here, I feel like I have done that. It has been a good run so far and now I want to keep it going.
“The goal now is to win the [Premier League 2] league title. We are just taking it one step at a time now and it is a big game against Tottenham next.
“Looking ahead, the aim for me is to impress the first-team staff in pre-season. I want to show my best, work hard every day and we will see where that takes me.
“The fact the manager gives chances to young players encourages us all. It gives everyone a boost and makes us work harder because you want to be the next one that gets picked.”
Charsley joined the Club’s Academy at the age of nine and went on to play a crucial part in the Under-18s’ league triumph in 2013/14.
He enjoyed another eye-catching season in 2014/15, scooping the Under-18s Player of the Season Award as Kevin Sheedy’s side narrowly missed out on a second successive title on the final day of the season.
His knack of scoring goals from midfield has continued to shine under Unsworth in the past two seasons, with Charsley currently the Under-23s’ top goalscorer this term with eight strikes so far.
“It would be great to look back and be able to say I won the league with the Under-18s and Under-23s but there is plenty of work left to do yet,” he added.
“Unsy and John have been brilliant with me since I moved up to work with them. They work you hard every day, make sure you train properly and they make you become a winner. I think that has shown with how the team has performed this season.”