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Ryan Astley 69

Centre-back Ryan Astley has been with the Everton Academy since he was 9 and was awarded a scholarship to play for Everton FC in November 2017. Astley was Wales’ under-17 skipper for back-to-back international friendlies against Scotland and Hungary in 2017. He led the team for fixtures during the preparations for the UEFA qualifiers.

2018 was a big year of debuts for the Llanfair Caereinion teenager. In February 2018, he played his first game for Everton Under-18s in a mini Merseyside derby against the Liverpool.  

The right-footed defender has made rapid progress through the senior Academy teams and can play both in the middle as well as out at right back. He featured a number of times for Paul Tait’s Under-18s before being promoted to the Under-23s mid-season in 2018-19 under David Unsworth, making a major contribution to the historic Premier League 2 and Premier League Cup victories.

He stepped up just a month later to make his debut for the Under-23s and the youngster made a big impression on David Unsworth, who later said this:

“I’m so proud of him. He made his debut (for the Under-23s) last season when he was still playing at Under-16 level, which is unheard of.  He’s come into the group, he’s playing out of position at right-back – he’s a centre-back really – and he’s been terrific. He was excellent.”

Astley picked up his 'official' shirt number playing in Checkatrade Trophy games for Everton sides that were strictly classed as U21s up against first-team opposition from League One and League Two. He is also the Wales Under-17 captain and Everton signed him up to his first professional contract, a 2½-year deal, in January 2019, fending of predatory moves from Arsenal in the process.

Ryan travelled with the first team for pre-season training in Kenya and Switzerland, featuring in the first two friendlies against Kariobangi Sharks and FC Sion.



Squad numbers 69
Position Centre-back
Nationality Wales
Born Llanfair Caereinion
Date of birth 4 October 2001
Height  6'-0" (1.80 m) 
Graduated January 2018
Joined from Everton Academy
Signed under Marco Silva
Transfer fee No Fee
Contract duration 2 + 2½ years
Contract expires June 2021
Full debut Under-23s only
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Everton Career

Season Squad No. League Apps (sub) League Goals Cup Apps (sub) Cup Goals Total Apps (sub) Total Goals
2018-19 69 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
2019-20 38 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
  Totals 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0

Academy U23s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-23s  1 (0) 0 (0) 0 0
2018-19 Under-23s 11 (0) 8 (1) 0 0
2019-20 Under-23s        

Academy U18s Career

Season Team League Apps Cup Apps League Goals Cup Goals
2017-18 Under-18s 4 (0) 1 (0) 0 0
2018-19 Under-18s 7 (0) 9 (0) 1 1
2019-20 Under-18s        


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