Mateusz Hewelt predicted exciting times ahead after signing a new contract with Everton to keep him at the Club until June 2019.
The 20-year-old, who was born in Gdynia, Poland, but grew up in Ireland, was an integral part of the Under-23s’ Premier League 2 title success this season.
Hewelt has also regularly trained with the first team under goalkeeper coach Patrick Lodewijks and featured in the matchday squad on six occasions during the 2016/17 Premier League campaign.
After extending his stay with the Blues, Hewelt, who joined the Club in 2013, told evertonfc.com: “I am delighted. It gives me another two years to achieve as much as I can. Hopefully, I can get out on loan at some point and keep working to getting closer to the first team.
“It’s an exciting time to be at the Everton, with the investment that has come in and Ronald Koeman being here and us having a good first season. We all want to build on that now.
“It has been a great season for me. I played all but one game for the Under-23s, I’ve been training with the first team and I’ve been on the bench for the first team on a few occasions as well.
“It’s great to be around the senior goalkeepers, it’s the real thing. I’ve learned from them and it’s taken me up another level.
"Patrick [Lodewijks] gets the best out of us. I really enjoy working with him. There is a lot of emphasis on small details, being tidy and staying focus at all times, as well as playing out with your feet.”
Lodewijks has been impressed with the young custodian since the coach joined the Club from Feyenoord last summer.
“Matty is a young goalkeeper with plenty of talent,” said the Dutchman. “He needs to keep learning and improving - and also get some more experience.
“He is a talented boy and he has to be patient.”