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Stones Ready To Learn

Delighted full-back says Everton switch can help him progress.

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Teenager John Stones has admitted his delight at joining Everton and says learning from his new teammates can only make him a better player.

The 18-year-old right-back completed a switch from hometown club Barnsley on Thursday evening, penning a five-and-a-half year deal.

An England Under-19 international, Stones made 28 appearances for the Oakwell outfit but now can't wait to get to grips with life at Goodison Park.

"It's been a long day but an exciting day for me and my family," he said in his exclusive first interview with evertontv. "It doesn't feel real and it hasn't sunk in yet but I feel very happy and very proud.

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"There are a few nerves because it's a new challenge for me. Every player wants to play in the Premier League and I've left an amazing club which is very close to my heart and left some very good people back there who I can't thank enough. But I've joined an amazing club, I'm here at Everton now and I'm looking forward to every minute of it."

Having joined Barnsley aged just six, Stones made his first-team debut in March last year and quickly established himself as one of the brightest young talents outside the top flight.

"I'm a hard working player and I'll give everything for the team, which every other player here does," he said. "I like to get forward a lot but I'm a defender and that's my job, defending."

And knowing he has joined a club with European qualification in its sights, the new signing added: "I've been impressed with Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines, Sylvain Distin - these are consistent players, very highly rated players, international players who I've got the luck to work with now.

Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, I could go on all day. I'm looking forward to learning from these players.

"The experience they've got is priceless and to train with them and learn from them will benefit me, no doubt.

"I've been very impressed with everything I have seen at Finch Farm already. Now the hard work begins."

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andrew singletonhes got one of the best fullbacks in football to learn from and got raw talent from what iv heard.

Friday 1st February 18:17 Report Comment

james rimmmerav heard hes the next gareth bale no preasure lol

Friday 1st February 16:31 Report Comment

james sandsOne for the future, glad we didn,t panic buy . Theres no need to, and he choose everton when he had other options makes a difference for me.

Friday 1st February 15:46 Report Comment

David FoxI've seen this fella play, reminds me of Derek mountfield, good look john. COYB.................

Friday 1st February 13:58 Report Comment

Mark DaviesAs Moyes said Stones is one for the future but it is something we needed with both Hibbert and Neville getting towards the end of their careers.

Friday 1st February 12:05 Report Comment

james cunninghamHe Seems a level headed lad, in the mould of other good British players who've gone on to have long careers at our club. Don't know much about him but for what we've paid I think it's good buisness.

Friday 1st February 11:23 Report Comment

stig shimellsanother youth not gonna get a chance

Friday 1st February 09:14 Report Comment

keith burtonweve needed a long term replacement for hibbert lets hope this young lad gives the same long service and commitment

Friday 1st February 08:33 Report Comment

jeffrey hannahWelcome to the blues John, great that none of the big boys are leaving, now lets get Moyes signed up for longer conract. COYB

Friday 1st February 08:03 Report Comment
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