Everton have taken to social media to announce that club captain Seamus Coleman has penned a one-year contract extension with the Merseyside club.
Twitter: | Captain Seamus Coleman has signed a one-year contract extension until the end of June 2023! (@Everton)
The 59-cap Ireland international is firmly cemented as a hero of the club following his 2009 move from Sligo Rovers for just £63,000.
He has since gone on to make 270 outings for the club, scoring 26 goals and adding 31 assists in all competitions as a Toffee.
Appointed captain in 2019, Coleman expressed his desire to keep pushing on for the Toffees and to continue to impress under Rafa Benitez:
“I’m very happy – everyone around the Football Club and I’m sure all the fans know how much this club has meant to me from day one,” Coleman told the club’s official website.
“It’s a massive honour to extend my time here. It was about getting my head down and to keep working hard like I’ve always done, and the Club decided to reward me with that. It’s something I’m very happy with.
“Hopefully now I can keep going as long as possible, give my experience to the younger lads, help and support them in any way I can, and contribute on the pitch as much as possible.
“Discussions with Marcel, the Board and the manager were straight forward. It’s not something that I just wanted to be given. I worked very hard last season and thought I did quite well in the games that I played in.
“Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this. I’m very thankful to Marcel, the manager, the Chairman and the Board to get this done.”
In a touching tribute to Coleman, the club also shared footage of director of football Marcel Brands publicly hailing Coleman and announcing the new extension to the squad in their hotel in Florida.
Twitter: A nice moment during our pre-season camp in Florida.
Congrats, Seamus! https://t.co/jS3dKHlOOd (@Everton)
The club are rumoured to have been keen on strengthening at right-back amid reports heavily linking the Toffees with Netherlands international Denzel Dumfries.
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Tying down a long-standing veteran of the club to fresh terms is testament to Coleman’s desire to continue to play at the highest level and play his part on and off the pitch for the Toffees.
His public statement indicates his holistic role at the club as a mentor for younger players, and his influence goes well beyond simply slotting in as a full-back.
For one more year, Everton will reap those benefits.