Promising Everton forward Ellis Simms has signed his first professional contract with the club, as confirmed by David Unsworth.

The Everton Under-23s manager, as reported by the Liverpool Echo, revealed that Simms, as well as fellow youngsters Joe Anderson and Einar Iversen have penned their first professional deals with the Toffees.

This news will come as a relief for Everton fans, with Simms’ goalscoring record this season sure to have drawn the eye of other teams across the country.

Simms scored an astounding 32 goals in 21 Premier League U18 games this season for Everton’s youth side, and this record unsurprisingly saw his name within the mix to replace the misfiring Richarlison as sole striker at one point during the season.

Simms provides yet another fine example of how undervalued Everton’s academy is, at least among opposition club fanbases, who seem to constantly underplay the level of talent being produced at USM Finch Farm.

Having recently been linked with a move to Germany, Everton fans will be delighted to see the club having tied up a deal for the 18 year old.

While we don’t expect Simms to have any immediate impact among Everton’s first-team, with Unsworth having confirmed he’ll link up with the Under-23s, it does increase excitement going forward.

Everton will likely, and hopefully, sign a few forwards this season, but alongside Fraser Hornby it is always nice to see promising talent signed on and waiting in the wings.