Rhys Hughes

Attacking midfielder Hughes saw his impressive development at Everton recognised with a first professional contract in January 2020, the Wrexham-born youngster penning a two-and-a-half year deal.

The Wales youth international enjoyed a superb 2019/20 season - scoring three goals and providing six assists in 15 league games for Everton Under-18s. Hughes also regularly captained the side.

His consistently excellent performances earned a promotion to Everton's Under-23s set-up before the end of the campaign and Hughes bedded in at that level the following season.

He played 23 Premier League 2 matches in 2020/21 and his two goals included one in a mini-derby draw.

He remained a regular for Everton Under-23s in 2021/22 and featured in 22 of the Toffees' 26 Premier League 2 games, scoring two goals and providing five assists.

Contracted until: June 2022