England star commits future to Everton with long-term contract

Date published: Wednesday 26th September 2018 7:57

England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has committed his long-term future to Everton by signing a six-year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2024.

Pickford joined Everton from boyhood club Sunderland in June 2017 and was one of the standout members of the Toffees squad during his debut campaign.

He has since established himself as England’s first-choice keeper during their run to the semi-finals of this summer’s World Cup.

“When I made the move last year I thought Everton would be a great club to come to and the right step in my career,” he told Everton’s official website.

“Getting the opportunity to become England’s number one was down to being at Everton, I believe, and being able to put in solid performances week in and week out.

“I want to play as many games as I can for the club, that’s my goal now.”

Everton paid Sunderland an initial £25million for the stopper, with the possibility of a further £5million in add-ons, and he has so far lived up to his price tag at Goodison Park.

The 24-year-old was named the club’s player of the year after a 2017-18 season in which Everton finished eighth.

Pickford added: “Coming to Everton, a massive club with a massive history and seeing how passionate and determined the fans are, it’s inspired me to perform week in and week out and it’s moved my career on, without question.

“Hopefully, I can continue to progress, become a better goalkeeper each and every day and keep that England number-one shirt as well. That’s another aim.

“This is a great club for me and, hopefully, we can get the success for the fans to earn the right to be a legend at Everton one day, each and every one of us.”

Pickford insists he does not feel overawed by playing regularly for both club and country as he continues to look for ways to improve.

“I don’t feel any pressure from the World Cup,” he said. “I just want to become the best person as a goalkeeper I can be.

“My focus is on the team here and, as a team, we want to be pushing right up the table as high as we can be.

“There is a lot of strong competition out there but in the next year or two, if we can get into a final of a cup and perhaps win a trophy, that would be a great step forward.

“I am still learning but I hope I am giving the team something, too.”

 

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