Morgan Feeney declared his pride at being part of “an exciting time to be an Everton player and a fan” after signing a new contract with the Club until the end of June 2020.
The 18-year-old defender has completed a memorable month by penning a new two-and-a-half-year deal with the Blues, the team he has supported all his life and first joined at the age of seven.
Having progressed through the Club’s Academy – going on to become Under-23s captain this season - the Bootle-born centre-back made his first-team debut on 23 November when coming on as a substitute in the UEFA Europa League match against Atalanta at Goodison, before earning his first start in the 3-0 win over Apollon Limassol two weeks later.
Feeney, who remains a Season Ticket Holder in the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End, said there “was no better place” to develop his game than with Everton, as he vowed to keep impressing for David Unsworth’s Under-23s in a bid to become a future first-team regular.
“It is a proud moment for me,” said the teenager. “I’ve grown up as an Evertonian and still am an Evertonian so it’s amazing to be a part of it and what the Club wants to do going forward. It’s an exciting time to be a player and a fan.
“It’s been a crazy couple of months and weeks for me, but it has all fallen nicely into place and I am on cloud nine at the minute and everything is working out well.
“I am learning a lot every day working with Unsy or with the first team. I am picking up things and trying to take it into my own game so I feel as if I am playing better than when I signed my original contract.
“I would love to play in the first team as regularly as possible, push on and get a few more games under my belt and stay here for many years.”
Feeney’s new deal follows contract extensions this week for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Jonjoe Kenny and Mason Holgate.
Everton manager Sam Allardyce said in his pre-match press conference on Friday that Everton’s thriving Academy could provide a core for the first team in years to come.
And Feeney believes the first-team chances being offered by Allardyce offers encouragement for talent coming through the Club’s youth system.
“I don’t think there’s a better place to be (than Everton),” added the young defender. “There’s a real buzz around the place and a confidence that there are chances here for us, to develop as a player and have a good career here.
“You see them (Calvert-Lewin, Holgate and Kenny) all doing so well, and it gives you encouragement that you can do it yourself, gives you that belief to go on.
“I haven’t worked with him (Allardyce) too much but he has been positive so far from what I have seen and got us back to winning ways.
“I can’t thank everyone enough who has helped get me the contract so it is great timing with the new manager coming in and hopefully I can use that as a platform to kick on.”