Baines Pens New Deal
Defender pledges future by signing long-term contract.
Leighton Baines has pledged his future to Everton by signing a new long-term contract.
The England left-back extends his stay at Goodison Park having had 17 months remaining on his previous deal.
"It would be an understatement to say we are delighted to secure the best footballing years of Leighton Baines at our club," manager Roberto Martinez told evertonfc.com.
"It's long-term, so it's for the next four years and it's a phenomenal boost. It's massive and exciting for the future. Leighton has just turned 29 and brings the right measure of maturity and football knowledge in a very specialised position on the pitch, bringing an infectious and positive influence to the rest of the squad.
"I know that every fan will be delighted with the news and we all share that excitement looking at what's left of this campaign and beyond. With the crucial games we have ahead, it is going to be vitally important to have Leighton's experience there to help us fight for our aims."
Born in Kirkby, Baines joined Everton from Wigan Athletic in July 2007 and has since developed into one of the most dependable performers in the English top flight.
The 29-year-old has already made over 260 appearances for the Blues and last May scooped the Club's Player and Players’ Player of the Season awards after featuring in every minute of the 2012/13 Premier League campaign.
In the past few years, Baines has also become an established fixture in the England national team, earning 22 caps since making his senior Three Lions debut against Egypt in March 2010.