Dominic Calvert-Lewin has vowed to keep “learning and improving” after his impressive first season at Everton was rewarded with a new five-year contract.
The forward has today put pen-to-paper on a new deal, securing his future with the Club until the end of June 2022.
Calvert-Lewin, an August 2016 signing from hometown club Sheffield United, made his competitive debut for Everton in December’s 2-1 win against Arsenal at Goodison Park and has since gone on to play 10 first-team matches, most recently against Chelsea on Sunday.
The 20-year-old netted his first goal for the Blues in the 4-0 home victory over Hull City in March.
“I hadn't expected things to move as fast as they have and to have played against the teams I have done, so I’m very grateful for that and I’m working hard every day to improve,” said Calvert-Lewin. “I’m learning every day in training and in the games, so I can’t ask for much more.
“It only feels like yesterday when I was signing for Everton, so to be here now is a great feeling. My leap into the first-team was a bit quicker than expected and I’ve played a few games now. I came in with the Under-23s initially and I’m now really enjoying being part of the first-team squad.
“Around Christmas I got my chance with the first-team, got on the bench and made my debut. It’s taken off from there and I’ve tried to take it in my stride day-by-day.”
Everton manager Ronald Koeman handed Calvert-Lewin a first-team opportunity at the end of 2016 following his early-season form for the Club’s Under-23s side. He struck five goals for the young Blues in all competitions this term, helping them to secure the Premier League 2 title.
Prior to becoming an Everton player, Calvert-Lewin advanced through Sheffield United’s academy system and progressed to make his Blades debut in April 2015 against Leyton Orient, aged 18.
He spent the first half of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Northampton Town, scoring eight goals before returning to Sheffield.
He joined Everton on transfer deadline day last summer.
Calvert-Lewin added: “I'm really grateful for the opportunities I've had since joining the Club and I’m really looking forward to continuing my development as a player here.”