Everton have signed 18-year-old goalkeeper Chris Renshaw from League One outfit Oldham on a three-year deal, the club has confirmed.
Renshaw had been on the books at Oldham since the age of 11 and was an occasional substitute for the Latics last season, and now he will head straight into the U21 squad at Everton to continue with his development.
“I’m really excited for the challenge,” he told the official website. “I know about the record of how many players Everton have brought through the Academy. That interested me a lot because there seems to be a serious pathway to the first team.
“Every time we played friendlies at Everton, I always used to say the training ground and facilities would make this an amazing club to be at.
“This is a step up but I’m looking forward to it. For me, this year is a development stage, so it’s about trying to get that regular football in the Under-21s.”