Moyes delight at deals
Everton boss pleased with commitment
Last Updated: May 22, 2009 8:54pm
Moyes: Double deal
Everton manager David Moyes is delighted that defensive stars Phil Jagielka and Joseph Yobo have pledged their futures to the club.
The two central defenders have both agreed five-year deals at Goodison Park, which will be signed shortly.
And Moyes is delighted that both players have committed their long-term futures to the club.
"It is good news. I think stability is something we have had in recent years," he said.
"We've been on it for quite a while but it has been done relatively quietly and I'm delighted we have got them.
"Joseph Yobo is 28 and hopefully he will go on and we'll get the best years out of him as a centre-half.
"Phil Jagielka has improved no end and we now have him secured on a longer contract.
"What we wanted to do is secure the people we already have at the club and then keep adding on top of that and I think we have been doing our business in a real good fashion over the last few years.
"The message it sends out is that all our major players are tied up on long contracts.
"We have to make sure we are continually building and the next bit is to get the finances to keep building on top.
"These players won't go on forever and we need to keep replenishing behind and make sure we keep bringing in other players as well."
Meanwhile, chief executive Robert Elstone insists the club will be doing all they can to back Moyes this summer.
"We are in the process of looking at forecasts for next year," he said.
"We're talking with the board, with the banks and with the manager about transfer policy.
"We absolutely recognise the need to provide support and if you look at the last four or five years, that support to a significant level has been delivered and I'm pretty confident that will be the same again this year.
"We have to look to improve that by identifying and securing funds at the earliest possible opportunity and marrying that with David's strategy on which players he wants to bring in.
"We know we can improve on the summer of 2008."