Everton Under-21s midfielder Isaac Heath has signed a two-year professional contract until June 2025.
The 18-year-old joined Everton from hometown club Leeds United in 2019 and has developed at an impressive rate during his four years on Merseyside.
A versatile player comfortable in multiple roles, it is as an attacking midfielder and winger where Heath has featured and thrived most for the young Blues.
He made 15 appearances for Leighton Baines’ Under-18s last season, scoring two goals.
After signing his first professional Everton deal, Heath told evertontv: “I’m very happy. Getting a professional contract is something I’ve been trying to achieve my whole life and to finally get it feels like a big achievement, I’m delighted to get it over the line.”
Heath’s performances for the Under-18s led to opportunities to train and play for Paul Tait’s Under-21s side and he finished the season having made seven Premier League 2 appearances.
The teenager revealed he has been working hard during the summer to give himself the best chance to thrive playing at that higher level consistently in 2023/24.
“Under-21s football is quite a lot faster,” Heath explained. “Obviously, it’s a lot more physical, too, as you’re getting closer to the Senior Team.
“During the off-season, I’ve been working so hard because now I know I’ll be there full-time, it’s quite a big step up and I want to be ready.”
Despite having not grown up an Everton fan, Heath says the Club has really touched him during his four years at Finch Farm and it’s now his main target to one day make his senior bow in royal blue.
“My goal for next season is to become a regular in the Under-21 side, as well as hopefully getting a few sessions with the Senior Team, too,” he added.
“Everton means a lot to me, it’s a club I support now, and I’ll work hard every single day to get into the Senior Team.
“It’s my biggest dream and every day I have that dream of walking out at Goodison Park.”