Young Everton Midfielder Pens First Pro Deal

Rhys Hughes says he is at the right club to fulfil his potential and owes his family “everything” after signing a professional contract with Everton.

Midfielder Hughes has made rapid progress since penning scholarship forms in summer 2018 and regularly captained Paul Tait’s Under-18 team this season.

The Wales youth international, who turns 19 in September, is already training with Everton Under-23s and has penned a deal until the end of June 2022.

Talking to in the main canteen at USM Finch Farm, Hughes read the board which displays the names of the Club’s Academy graduates and explained why he is in the best place to further his football education.

“It is a really proud moment for me and my family and I am really excited for the future,” said Hughes. “I owe so much to my family. They have been on the journey with me and everything I achieve I owe to them.

“I know Anthony Gordon well and have played with him quite a bit, so some of the players involved with the first team are relatable.

“I see all those players on the board. I know a few of them and can talk to them.

“Everton is the right club to be at – it is one of the best clubs in England for developing young players – and hopefully where I can keep improving and make the next step.”