Captain Seamus Coleman has signed a one-year contract extension with Everton until the end of June 2023.
The long-serving defender, who joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for £60,000, has made 350 appearances for the Blues and is one of the Club’s most popular players of the modern era.
Coleman was appointed Everton captain in 2019 and is also skipper for the Republic of Ireland, earning 59 caps for his country since making his debut in 2011.
After signing his new contract, the 32-year-old right-back reiterated his desire to lead the ambitious Blues to silverware and vowed to keep driving high standards for Rafa Benitez’s squad.
“I’m very happy - everyone around the Football Club and I’m sure all the fans know how much this club has meant to me from day one,” Coleman told evertontv.
“It’s a massive honour to extend my time here. It was about getting my head down and to keep working hard like I’ve always done, and the Club decided to reward me with that. It’s something I’m very happy with.
“Hopefully now I can keep going as long as possible, give my experience to the younger lads, help and support them in any way I can, and contribute on the pitch as much as possible.
“Discussions with Marcel, the Board and the manager were straight forward. It’s not something that I just wanted to be given. I worked very hard last season and thought I did quite well in the games that I played in.
“Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this. I’m very thankful to Marcel, the manager, the Chairman and the Board to get this done.”
Coleman added: “I keep saying it and make no apologies for it, winning is what we’re here to do. The whole Football Club’s vision is to break that barrier [to win silverware again]. My job in the process is to be sure we are doing all the right things behind the scenes, on the training pitch, the best way possible.
“It’s about being the best we can every day, making sure we demand more off each other. It’s something that I need to do, the senior players need to do and the new players need to do.
“It’s very easy to sit here and say it but we all need to show the right attitude at the Club and hopefully that can help us going forward.
“We shouldn't take for granted the size of the football club we are at, the plans for Everton going forward, the talent of the players we have. It's something we should embrace and enjoy being part of.”
Everton Chairman Bill Kenwright said: “I’m sure I speak on behalf of everyone connected with Everton when I say I’m delighted that Seamus has signed this contract extension.
“Since his man-of-the-match performance on his Premier League debut almost 12 years ago, he has displayed all the qualities Evertonians love – skill, passion, determination, and an unrelenting desire to win and to be the best.
“A loyal, universally respected leader who has worn our shirt with pride no less than 350 times and on every single occasion has given his all – just as he does every day in training and when he represents us in the community.
“It takes a lot to become thought of as a legend at Everton – but Seamus is right up there with the very best…and knowing Seamus, I’m sure there’s even more to come…
“Seamus Coleman… True hero…True blue. I’m proud to know him and to be his Chairman.”