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Baines Pens New Deal

Defender pledges future by signing long-term contract.

Baines Pens New Deal
Leighton Baines

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.

Edward MolloyNews does not get much better than that well done Bill and Martinez hard luck United ha ha . Hope all goes well against Liverpool.

Tuesday 28th January 08:24 Report Comment

Baines is total class, hes promised his future to a club that loves him. Well done lad, now get a few free kicks in the net.

Monday 27th January 23:56 Report Comment

Colin PallotAt last a footballer with class, quality, and integrity Brilliant. Well done Bill Kenwright and everybody that made it a very happy Monday

Monday 27th January 16:58 Report Comment

Stephen AstburyBrilliant news lets beat the reds tomorrow

Monday 27th January 16:21 Report Comment

Adrian MasonFantastic news!

Monday 27th January 14:09 Report Comment

Adrian MasonFantastic news!

Monday 27th January 14:08 Report Comment

Brian W. McCarthyWe can only go forward with this NEWS well done Bainsey,keep all our young STARS.Were praying for you Oviedo Baby.

Monday 27th January 13:34 Report Comment

Eric Matthewsgreat news

Monday 27th January 12:35 Report Comment

Kenneth WarburtonFab news after the setback to Bryan, brilliant start to a week that is sure to get better.

Monday 27th January 12:22 Report Comment

mervyn matherwell done Everton-he has not been his normal self of late-should buck him up!

Monday 27th January 10:37 Report Comment

tom selsbyGreat news about bainsey, happy with cup draw ,just pity about oviedo

Monday 27th January 10:29 Report Comment

jim fitzsimonsFantastic news !!! A true blue legend. What a statement of intent in the future.

Monday 27th January 10:13 Report Comment

keith porterGreat..news...made..my..day

Monday 27th January 09:36 Report Comment

David BrewerAfter Bryans bad injury on Saturday what fantastic news this is to boost everyone at Everton before tomorrows game. Leighton is a legend and will only become better. # Priceless.

Monday 27th January 09:26 Report Comment
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