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Jags Commits Long-Term

Defender agrees deal to stay at Goodison until 2017.

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Phil Jagielka looks set to end his playing career at Everton after agreeing a deal that will keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2017.
 
The 30-year-old centre-back has signalled his intention to remain at the Club by negotiating a two-year extension to his existing contract, which was due to run until the end of the 2014/15 campaign.
 
An influential England international, Jagielka joined the Blues for £4m from first club Sheffield United in 2007 following a successful seven-year stint at Bramall Lane.
 
Since then the Sale-born star has established himself as a key member of David Moyes' side and, following Wednesday's 2-1 win over Newcastle, requires just five more appearances for the Club to reach 200 in all competitions.
 
During that time, he has racked up seven goals, including a memorable winner at St James' Park in March 2011 and another in last month's 2-1 victory over Wigan.
 
A shootout-winning penalty in a Wembley FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United also helped him land Everton’s player and players’ player of the year prizes in 2009, though a serious knee injury cruelly caused him to miss the final against Chelsea.
 
Chief Executive Robert Elstone said:” We are delighted Phil has agreed to commit his long-term future here at Goodison Park.
 
“Phil is a hugely important and influential player and I, like many Evertonians, look forward to seeing him play in a Blue shirt for many years to come.
 
“Discussions have been taking place for a short while and, now they are completed, I would like to thank Phil and his representatives for the professionalism and courtesy shown throughout those negotiations.”
 
Jagielka’s form for the Blues also led to a Three Lions debut against Trinidad and Tobago in June 2008 and a first competitive outing against Spain 10 months later.
 
A further 14 caps have followed and a run-out against Italy in August last year brought his first international goal.
 
He was also part of Roy Hodgson's 23-man squad for last summer’s European Championships and has since started three of England’s four 2014 World Cup qualifiers, helping his country to a 5-0 win over San Marino and draws against Poland and Ukraine.
 
Domestically, he has been a pillar of reliability so far this term, playing all but one of Everton's games and deputising frequently as captain during Club skipper Phil Neville’s extended spell on the sidelines.

In signing a new contract, Jagielka will follow in the footsteps of defensive cohort Seamus Coleman, who last week agreed his own long-term deal with the Club.

Thomas MannGreat news, an outstanding player and an example to all young players.

Friday 4th January 22:34 Report Comment

paul thomasGreat servant to our wonderful club, it's the best news yet!!!!!

Friday 4th January 09:31 Report Comment

Greg Stokesgreat news..i reckon sylvain distin deserves one too! couple of loan signings in the window to cover for injuries and we're lookin good for top 4..back where we belong..COYB!

Friday 4th January 00:58 Report Comment

John RimmerGreat news

Friday 4th January 00:03 Report Comment

patrick liddaneGreat news about Jags committing his future to this great club.

Thursday 3rd January 23:36 Report Comment

Tom GrahamHopefully this will encourage others to commit. Phil would be Captain in any other team as he is a great leader. However, how can you knock the other Phil!

Thursday 3rd January 23:12 Report Comment

James DeaneThanks Phil !!!!!

Thursday 3rd January 23:04 Report Comment

Alec WalkerNow we should give a longer contract to Leighton before the vultures come in.

Thursday 3rd January 20:13 Report Comment

Nick BrownBrilliant news after jags and coleman agreeing new terms lets get baines tied down well don robbie elstone and blue bill

Thursday 3rd January 19:25 Report Comment

Stephen EllershawNice one jags leading from the back, COYB!

Thursday 3rd January 18:42 Report Comment

Oliver PierpointGreat news!! hopefully some of the other boys will follow in his foot steps. COYB!

Thursday 3rd January 17:03 Report Comment

Zac Kirkwoodlets get them all long term contract the team we have right now are some think special COYB!!

Thursday 3rd January 16:16 Report Comment

Chris LangGreat news top pro.

Thursday 3rd January 16:15 Report Comment

Victor TayAnother great news that Jags has committed his long-term future to the club and is nonetheless the next captain after Phil Neville.

Thursday 3rd January 16:10 Report Comment

This is wonderful news. A true blue and a true gentleman both on and off the pitch.

Thursday 3rd January 16:01 Report Comment

LEE BRIANWell done Phil !!! Deserved this new deal

Thursday 3rd January 15:53 Report Comment

Stuart JonesFantastic news! jags has been immense so far this season!! COYB!!

Thursday 3rd January 15:49 Report Comment

Daniel HalsallI love this club, so proud to be an Evertonian! Fantastic news that Jags will be with us for the rest of his career, fantastic servant to the club and surely our next captain! COYB!

Thursday 3rd January 15:48 Report Comment
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