Coleman sticks with Toffees

Irish youngster signs new deal

Coleman: New deal at Everton

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Everton have agreed a deal to extend defender Seamus Coleman's contract for a further four years.

The 21-year-old full-back, currently on loan at Blackpool, has secured the deal after a string of impressive performances for both the Toffees and the Seasiders.

After joining from Sligo Rovers in 2008, the promising Irishman has risen through the reserves to the first team, where his home debut in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham saw him picked out as man of the match.

After initially struggling with injuries, Coleman has flourished further under Ian Holloway at Blackpool and is likely to appear in their play-off final against Cardiff at Wembley on Saturday, when they could be promoted to the Premier League

Coleman will return to Everton following the showpiece and he becomes the second player to commit their future to the club after Tim Cahill put pen to paper on a new deal on Tuesday.

Caught the imagination

With the experience at Blackpool seen as invaluable, Everton boss David Moyes spoke of how pleased he was with Coleman and how popular he could be at Goodison Park.

"I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters," Moyes told the club's official website.

"You've got to remember this is a boy we've taken from Ireland, we've paid £60,000 for him, we've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games.

"He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if it hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along.

"But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."