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Reece Welch

Huddersfield-born Reece Welch has been with Everton since the age of seven and is an England youth international.

A classy centre-back, Welch enjoyed a standout 2020/21 campaign, filled with notable milestones. The defender's impressive progress throughout his time in the Academy saw him sign a first professional contract with Everton in September 2020, penning a three-year deal.

Having established himself as a key player in the Everton Under-18s side, he was named in the Blues' First-Team matchday squad for the Toffees' games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur in April 2021.

Welch also made his maiden appearances for Everton Under-23s in 2020/21 - playing four Premier League 2 games. He netted his first goal for David Unsworth's team as the young Blues rounded off the season with a 4-0 home win over Southampton.

Welch, who has represented England at Under-16 and Under-17 level, received his first call-up for the Three Lions' Under-19 squad in May 2021.

Contracted until: June 2022