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Conor Coady: Centre-back ready to ‘give absolutely everything’ to Everton after completing loan deal

Conor Coady Everton (pic from EFC)

England centre-back Conor Coady has signed for Everton from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a season-long loan and is ready to ‘give everything’ to the Goodison Park cause.

The 29-year-old will wear the number 30 shirt for the Toffees and becomes Frank Lampard’s fourth signing of the summer after the additions of James Tarkowski, former Wolves teammate Ruben Vinagre and winger Dwight McNeil.

Coady was born on Merseyside and began his career at Liverpool. However, he only made one Premier League appearance for the Reds back in 2013 before joining Huddersfield in 2014.

After spending just one season with the Terriers, Coady moved to Wolves for a fee in the region of £2million.

He has captained the Molineux outfit with distinction for the past four seasons. However, a change in formation by Bruno Lage to a back four saw Coady left out of the season opener at Leeds.

That has allowed Everton to swoop for the player in what is a timely addition following events against Chelsea.

Ben Godfrey suffered a fractured foot in the defeat, while Yerry Mina limped off with an ankle problem.

And speaking about his return to Merseyside, Coady could not hide his excitment.

Coady relishing Merseyside return

He told evertontv: “It’s incredible to join Everton. As soon as I heard the interest, from the manager but also the Football Club itself, I really wanted to be part of it straight away. I’m over the moon to join.

“I’ve grown up around the city. I know the Football Club, how big this club is and what it means to the supporters. I’m someone who was desperate to come here, to play for this club. I’ve got family and friends who are massive Evertonians.

“I’m here to give absolutely everything I’ve got for this football club. It’s important I work as hard as I can to help my teammates, help the Club move forward and make people proud.”

Director of Football Kevin Thelwell added: “Conor is a top-quality player who I have had the pleasure of knowing for many years. I have no doubt he will be an excellent addition to Everton and our squad.

“Myself and Frank continue to work closely with our Chairman, who has unrivalled experience in player negotiations and we are confident that, together, we will secure the further quality we’ve targeted between now and the end of the month.”

Toffees boss Lampard was equally thrilled to land a player of Coady’s experience, adding: “We are delighted to bring a player of Conor’s quality and vast experience to Everton and he fits into how we want to play as a team.

“As well as being one of the Premier League’s most reliable defenders and an England international, his leadership skills will be of huge benefit to us, too.”

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