- Born: 06/10/1994
- Birthplace: Warrington
- Nationality: English
Matthew Pennington is a versatile defender who has been at Everton since the age of 11.
In July 2013, the Warrington-born youngster signed his first professional contract which will keep him at Goodison Park until the summer of 2015.
Pennington was a regular for the Under-18s side which reached the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup and the semi-finals of the Premier Academy League during 2012/13.
He also made nine appearances for Alan Stubbs’ Under-21s team and is expected to feature more frequently during the forthcoming campaign.
Pennington is equally adaptable playing in central defence and at right-back.
He was rewarded for the high standard of his performances last season by receiving a call-up to England Under-19s squad for the international against Turkey in March 2013, where he appeared as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 victory.
In January 2014 he joined Tranmere Rovers on a month's loan, and in a second temporary spell at Prenton Park his goal was in vain as the Wirral outfit were dramatically relegated to League Two on the final day of the season.
Contracted until: Summer of 2015