Séamus Coleman

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Everton Club captain Seamus Coleman is the Blues' established right-back.

Coleman signed for the Blues in January 2009 from Sligo Rovers for a famed £60,000 fee and has since proved to be one of the Club's most astute acquisitions.

By the end of the 2022/23 campaign, Coleman had made 409 Everton appearances, putting him 17th on the Toffees’ all-time list.

His impact on the Club continued during his 14th season with the Blues, as Coleman remained a key figure in the team following the appointment of Sean Dyche as manager in January 2023.

While providing the tough-tackling and disciplined defensive performances that fans have become accustomed to seeing, Coleman still posed an attacking threat, picking up Everton’s Goal of the Season award for his match-winning strike against Leeds United in February 2023.

Across the campaign, Coleman started 20 Premier League matches across 23 appearances.

The Donegal-born man earned honours with Republic of Ireland’s youth sides before making his senior international debut in 2011.

During Ireland’s Euro 2016 adventure he wore the captain’s armband twice, leading the team to a famous victory over Italy in the competition's group stage.

He was named captain of his national team on a permanent basis when Robbie Keane retired following Euro 2016 and scored his maiden senior international goal in a 1-0 win against Georgia in a World Cup qualifier in October 2016.

Coleman began as a central defender before making the switch to full-back.

On signing for Everton, he linked up with Andy Holden and Alan Stubbs in the Blues' reserves but was on the fringes of the first-team squad at the outset of 2009/10.

Coleman was dealt a major blow in pre-season when a freak foot infection threatened his career but he recovered to be handed a full debut in a Europa League game in Benfica's Stadium of Light.

He then played at Bolton and AEK Athens before turning in a fabulous performance on his home debut, setting up two goals against Tottenham Hotspur in December 2009.

Coleman remained on the fringes of the first-team squad before moving to Blackpool on loan in March 2010.

During his time at Bloomfield Road, Coleman helped Blackpool to win promotion to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

Coleman made 12 appearances for Ian Holloway's side and played in every minute of their play-off victories over Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City.

He signed a new three-year Everton contract days before the Wembley victory over Cardiff.

Coleman saw plenty of action in 2010/11, scoring a first Everton goal at Brentford in the Carling Cup and had his first Premier League start at Fulham four days later.

Ironically, Coleman's first Premier League goal came against Blackpool in November 2010. Playing on the right of midfield, the Irishman netted in a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road.

He continued in excellent form and signed a new four-and-a-half year deal in January 2011. 

In February 2011 Coleman's excellent performances for his Club were rewarded with his Republic of Ireland cap.

Coleman started the 3-0 Carling Nations Cup win over Wales and played for 59 minutes before being replaced by Keith Fahey. 

His rapid development was confirmed at the end of the season when he was shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Season prize and was named as Everton's outstanding young performer.

Coleman suffered an ankle ligament injury on the eve of the 2011/12 campaign and missed the start of the season.

But he returned not long into the season and continued to be a valuable squad member. 

The 2012/13 campaign offered increased opportunities at right-back, with Club veteran Tony Hibbert suffering a succession of injuries. Grasping those chances with both hands, Coleman put in impressive displays in defence, as well as becoming a dangerous outlet in attack.

In late December 2012, his form was rewarded with a new five-and-a-half-year deal and Coleman followed that up by netting a sublime lob in the Blues' 5-1 FA Cup third round win at Cheltenham Town on 7 January, 2013.

He was chosen as the Man of the Match in a friendly against England at Wembley in May 2013.

Coleman was a regular for Everton in 2013/14 by making 41 appearances in all competitions, scoring an impressive seven goals from right-back.

His stellar form that year that saw him scoop the Club’s Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year honours, while he was also named in the PFA Team of the Year.

Coleman earned a new five-and-a-half year contract in June 2014 and featured 42 times the following season, scoring five more goals.

He played 34 times in 2015/16 and finished the season by starring at Euro 2016. Coleman played in all four games in France as the Republic made it through to the knockout stages before suffering elimination by the hosts.

Coleman picked up where he left off in the summer when he returned to Everton ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.

After a barren spell in front of goal the previous campaign, Coleman netted four times for the Blues, before suffering a leg break while on international duty in March.

With the popular defender set for a long spell on the sidelines, Evertonians around the world sent messages and handwritten letters of support for one of their favourite sons, while the famous ‘Sixty grand, sixty grand…” chant was heard at stadiums up and down the country in Coleman’s absence. 

Despite being sidelined, the Irishman signed a new long-term contract with Everton in May 2017. 

And after 10 months on the sidelines, Coleman made his long-awaited return to the Blues first-team in a clash with Leicester City at Goodison Park on 31 January. Coleman produced a barnstorming performance on an emotional night at the Grand Old Lady as the Toffees secured a 2-1 win over the Foxes.

The player soon re-established himself in the Everton starting XI and began the final 10 games of 2017-18 - delivering a series of accomplished displays and proving he had lost none of the courage, power and dynamism that have made him one of the Club’s most revered players over the past decade.

Coleman again impressed in 2018/19, making 30 appearances and scoring two goals. 

His form was particularly impressive towards the back end of the campaign as he helped the Toffees record eight clean sheets in their final 11 Premier League matches. 

Coleman was regularly named as captain when skipper Phil Jagielka and stand-in Leighton Baines were absent from the starting XI in 2018/19.

Upon Jagielka's departure in summer 2019, Coleman was named as Everton's new club captain.

He played 27 times in the Premier League and added three cup appearances in his first full campaign wearing the armband, gaining praise from a host of his peers for first-rate professionalism and leadership skills.

Coleman featured 31 times across the competitions – 22 starts – in his 12th complete Everton season in 2020/21 and, after signing a one-year contract extension in summer 2021, was an inspirational figure in the Club's successful battle against the drop the following campaign.

Coleman played 34 times across the season and notably was a mainstay during the sequence of four wins and two draws from eight matches from early April that extended Everton's top-flight stay into a 69th season.

Again proving his quality through impactful performances in the 2022/23 campaign, Coleman’s season was cut short in May as the Blues’ skipper was stretchered off following a knee injury against Leicester City.

In June 2023, the Club announced that Coleman will extend his Everton playing career into a 15th season after the Blues captain signed a new one-year contract until the end of June 2024.

Contracted until: June 2024

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