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New five-year deal for Stones

by | 07/08/2014  Comments (70)  jump
20 year-old is 'over the moon' to commit to the Blues
Everton have announced that another of the club's best young players has committed his future to the club, with John Stones putting pen to paper on a one-year contract extension that now ties him to the club until 2019.

The England international defender follows Ross Barkley, Seamus Coleman and manager Roberto Martinez in agreeing to a new long-term deal on improved terms this summer.

The 20-year-old, a revelation last season as he quickly emerged as arguably the most exciting English centre-half in the country under Martinez, was thrilled to sign on to new terms.

I am over the moon. It's just been such a great last season and to get pen to paper on a new deal is a dream come true.

The last 12 months have been so enjoyable thanks to the faith that the manager has shown in me and all the players. What we achieved was unbelievable. It was a very memorable season and hopefully there's more to come.  


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Les Newsham
1 Posted 07/08/2014 at 15:58:54
Excellent news.
Sean Kelly
2 Posted 07/08/2014 at 15:59:34
Good news, this. Hope he goes on improving as he needs to stop being caught in possession. A good lad but reported 㿊 grand a week will not deter other suitors from sniffing around.
Minik Hansen
3 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:01:55
It's getting better and better! Should we be worried? Well, let's all be happy!!! ;)
Ian McDowell
4 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:05:08
I'm over the moon too!!!!! Great News
Linda Morrison
5 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:13:11
This is excellent news for the future of our club. I doubt we will finish as high as we did last season as I think there will be a lot more demands on our still small squad.

However I believe that with good additions over the next 3 windows we can challenge foe the league,

Craig Bellew
6 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:13:46
This is great news from an Everton/supporters perspective tying down one of the most up n coming centre halves in the country to a five yr deal is brilliant.

With Stones n hopefully Galloway to join the first team in the near future, Barkley, Besic, McCarthy and big Rom up front, the spine of a young team is in place. Hopefully we can add Hennen to that too shortly and the future will be bright and very much Royal Blue.

I am so so pleased with this news its made my day !

Tony J Williams
7 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:18:14
Good news, he is going to be a cracker of a centre half for years to come
Michael Kenrick
8 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:21:43
This is fantastic news. Very pleased for the lad, Roberto, the team, the club... everyone should be bouyed by this as we approach kick-off to the new season.

It is so rare that we bring a player through this critical final stage of their development into making them a Premier League player... Securing his contractual future in this day and age of player/agent power is definitely something worth celebrating.

[All the usual caveats about about future uncertainty notwithstanding!]

Keith Glazzard
9 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:27:08
Great news, a fine young player.
Phil Walling
10 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:29:38
Great prospect who needs easing into the team rather than to suffer a baptism of fire.

Is it me or are his team mates purposely testing him with 'hospital boards' on the edge of the area ?

I've counted three such situations in the pre season games where the lad had been put in possession with little hope of escape.

It's as though one or two of the 'old boys' are saying 'twinkle twinkle little star -get out of that !'

Phill Thompson
11 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:36:44
Nice to see it sewn up , I'm sure O read somewhere he was changing agents and this wouldn't happen til October . And of course he can cover the right back spot. In Stones, Garbutt , Galloway, Browning, Kenny we have young defenders with class and potential . Like any young defender they all need developing to reach that potential, plus patience and forgiveness of the inevitable mistakes.
Nice to see hi
Stephen Brown
13 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:46:32
I'm not used to all this positive news in August. A good piece of business! as Craig (6) said a young spine who all seem to have fully bought into Roberto/everton vision. We need to be patient with all these players and keep the long term goal in mind if we suffer a few early season defeats! Good times ahead!
Tom R Owen
14 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:50:16
Great news- back bone of the team secured with bright exciting young players, just like to see a n other fighting for the goalkeeper jersey
Sue Brown
15 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:49:58
Great news, certainly the backbone of the team is in place, all bodes well for the future.
Kane Dennison
16 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:44:30
Phil Wallingford, I agree completely, the game against Celta Vigo; Hibbert was terrible positionally and passed the ball to players under pressure.
James Smith
17 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:01:24
No press conference? Haha great news!
Matthew Williams
18 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:01:00
The BEST news by far all summer. The lad is class, I’m just praying we can hold on to him as we won’t be winning any silverware for some time yet (sad but true).
Dominic Tonge
19 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:03:32
What was Bill saying on SSN just then? Saw he was on but couldnt hear it. Saw Atsu pictures whilst he was talking. Anyone manage to hear it?
Patrick Murphy
20 Posted 07/08/2014 at 16:59:36
If the young keeper also develops into a PL player we will undoubtedly have a pretty useful side in a couple of years time - we might have to suffer growing pains in the interim period but this is one aspect of Roberto's plan that few can argue with.

It makes such a pleasant change to have these young players signed to long-term deals and if Roberto can gradually remove some of the older and less useful players out of the squad in the following couple of years whilst continuing to promote youngsters to the first-team it could be very exciting time to be a Blue.

Ian Burns
21 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:08:11
Excellent news; excellent player;
Mark Griffiths
22 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:10:55
Domonic 19 - He was saying how made up he is that JS and RB have signed long-term deals and emphasized that transfers can take a long time. Go to skysports transfer centre online and you can listen to the audio.
Dick Brady
23 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:24:03
Good lad.
Wayne Smyth
24 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:25:09
Phil(10) - Sadly I think some of the players are just sometimes a bit shit rather than purposefully testing him. Felt really bad for him against Celta Vigo having been let down by the experienced lads around him

Great news though, and as Craig(6) says, we have a highly talented spine of the team forming from players who all have 10+ years at the top left in them.

Dominic Tonge
25 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:33:08
Cheers mark
Kevin Elliott
26 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:37:20
Fantastic news..This kid is gonna be a star.
Denis Richardson
27 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:58:34
No press conference?
Denis Richardson
28 Posted 07/08/2014 at 17:58:34
No press conference?
James Stewart
29 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:04:00
Great news. Played well after his mistake yesterday which shows signs of good mental strength and his passing is first class.
Jon Ferguson
30 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:17:31
Dennis 28 - I realize your comment was a snide remark, but there is a press conference.
Paul Livesey
31 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:17:28
I'm chuffed to bits with this. What great foundations we now have at our club. I can almost taste the sweet taste of success.
Danny Kewley
32 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:26:06
Skipping Dens remarks can I just say Fucking Nice One!!!!!!!!!!!!! This lad I am sure is gonna be one of the best togger playin footy aware centre halfs we have had for a long time!
Ross Edwards
33 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:36:25
Fantastic news that Stonesy has signed up. Him, Seamus, McCarthy and Barkley are going to carry us through a bright and exciting new era.
Phil Walling
34 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:38:13
Just read Bill's piece on Team Talk. He's in effusive mood and felt able to confide that he and Roberto 'talk at one o'clock in the morning'.

I wonder which side of the bed each sleeps on ?

Colin Glassar
35 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:35:24
I hope this has lifted a bit of the gloom that has been on here over the last few days. Only a couple of weeks ago a small group of people were saying we would have to sell either Stonsy or Barkley to be able to buy. Well that's been put to bed hasn't it?
Roberto is building for the future and despite some poor results, and performances, recently I think we owe him the benefit of the doubt. IRIT.
Chris Wilson
36 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:47:59
Underrated post Mr. Walling!
Rob Halligan
37 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:35:38
Can see Stone's playing like beckenbauer or Bobby Moore in years to come. With the right development he will cut out the silly mistakes, like being caught in possession. Was it Arsenal at home last season where he was caught by the corner flag down the park end which almost lead to a goal? Also one of celta vigos goals last night when he was caught in possession. Eradicate this and I think he will be an awesome player as at the moment can't see any other faults in his game?
Tom R Owen
38 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:53:06
Phil 34
Never sleep on side of the teasmaid in case the spout is turned the wrong way!
Colin Glassar
39 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:56:51
Is it true that chairman Bill said there will be more signings?
Rob Halligan
40 Posted 07/08/2014 at 19:05:18
Roberto saying will get a wide man Colin. So I assume BK is saying there will be more signings, although I haven't actually heard or read as such.
Dave Abrahams
41 Posted 07/08/2014 at 18:59:20
Great news about Stones signing now we just need to improve McCarthyÂ’s contract and keep him happy.

Roberto must be a very, very patient man if he can listen to Kenwright at 1:00 am, the boss bilious maker ever.

Harold Matthews
43 Posted 07/08/2014 at 19:07:54
Terrific athlete and a fine lad. Nowhere near the finished article but he'll get there.
Ed Fitzgerald
44 Posted 07/08/2014 at 19:14:00
Good news , but in reality what do contracts mean when a player wants to go or are tapped up by one of the so called big clubs, they tend to go. If the RS can't keep hold of old bitey face, then in reality what chance do we have of fending off clubs when they are in for Barkley, Stones etc. I am not being miserable all you happy camper TW fans out there,just realistic. The good news is the fee will be higher.

The only chance of keeping hold of such talent is winning something and then attracting investment and getting rid of BK.

Rob Halligan
45 Posted 07/08/2014 at 19:32:06
You're absolutely right Ed, contracts mean sweet FA nowadays. So why sign one if you're unhappy? Clearly, Seamus, Ross and stonesy are happy at Everton otherwise they wouldn't have signed extended contracts.

If other clubs start sniffing round, as Roberto says it means the player(s) are doing something right, which hopefully also means the team are also doing things right. So for me it's a win win situation.

Colin Glassar
46 Posted 07/08/2014 at 19:24:35
The Micah Richards rumour might have legs lads. Yikes. Not sure what to make of this one. More competition for Seamus, Stonesy and Jags? Kalou is another one being mentioned. I'd give that one a wide berth tbh, he's useless.
Chris Wilson
47 Posted 07/08/2014 at 20:09:11
Yeah, but isn't the Richards rumor coming from the "Express"? In some former Everton player news; don't know if folks saw this, but Landon Donovan has decided that he will retire from professional football after this current MLS season. At the age of 32 I think.
Sid Logan
48 Posted 07/08/2014 at 20:30:43
Bill Kenwright's telephone interview with Jim White following John Stones' signing can be found on Sky Sports Football online.
Jack Plant
49 Posted 07/08/2014 at 20:57:03
Top news, in his own way he's as exciting as Barkley
Chris Gould
50 Posted 07/08/2014 at 20:54:08
Getting caught in possession during pre-season could be a good thing. It will make him more aware of the possibility of it during the prem league games. He learns quickly. Great player and only going to get better.
Paul Mackie
51 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:12:30
So that's Stones, Barkley, Lukaku, Coleman, McCarthy and Besic all on long term deals. That's a bloody great spine of a team. Talented, young and hungry.
Sam Hoare
52 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:33:34
A good looking spine if we can keep hold of them and they all progress in the way we hope.
Drew Shortis
53 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:34:51
Great news. To tie up Barkley, Stones, McCarthy and Coleman as well as sign the likes of Galloway, Henen (surely soon), Besic and Lukaku - Martinez is laying strong foundations for future success. We also have Stanek, Oviedo, Garbutt, Browning, Duffy, Ledson, Green and several other promising youngsters coming through. The likes of Mirallas and Gibson still have a good few years left and we can expect a few more seasons out Howard, Jags and Baines. Add to this the additional signings that Martinez is sure to make over the next few seasons and the future is looking very bright. Sure one or two might be persuaded by a big money move, but with them being on long term contracts we can insist on top dollar and re-invest in even more jems. The future is looking really bright. It feels great to have a long term plan for success instead of just fighting tooth and nail to fend off the money clubs!
Darren Hind
54 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:38:32
"is it me,or are his teamates purposely testing him with "hospital boards" on the edge of the area "

We'rv you been Phil lad ? Jagielka, Distin and Hibbo have been testing each other out for years, its like a never ending initiation ceremony.

James Martin
55 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:56:30
Will be up there with the best centrebacks in our history if he stays with us on the trajectory he is on. Players like Stones and Barkley will win us trophies.
Kev Johnson
56 Posted 07/08/2014 at 21:58:16
Rob (45) - players sign extended contracts because they include a substantial pay increase. I would have thought that was obvious. Clubs offer new contracts to make them more expensive to buy, thereby protecting their investment. It's sod all to do with being happy.

As regards Stones, am I alone in finding him a promising player who is a few years away from being a top Premiership player and regular England international? After breaking on to the scene last season, he was hyped up out of all recognition by some of the press and tv men, but the truth is he's nowhere near being the finished article. I'm hope RM will let him develop at his own pace, because that's what he needs, not being praised to the rooftops.

Mike Jones
57 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:09:35
I wish some Evertonians would stop being small time. We sign some good players on longer term extensions and some think cynically that it is so we get more cash when we sell them. It's not. It's so we can be the best again...so stop it. Now.
Ed Fitzgerald
58 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:20:22
Mike

Grow up FFS. A few names to jog your clearly remiss memory Fellani, Arteta, Lescott, Rodwell, Rooney

If the money is right they will be sold, same chairman, same strategy. The difference could be that Martinez could do the impossible and win something here then we might get the regime change needed at Everton. If not Martinez will move on to better things. I really like Martinez but I wonder how long he will swallow the empty promises of BK

Mike Jones
59 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:33:20
Ed

I am grown up. Im 44. I want to win. Don't you. You don't like the Chairman. I get it. Enjoy your conspiracy theorising.

Ged Simpson
60 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:36:21
Oh stop wallowing Ed.
Alex Trevalyn
61 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:37:45
@56,No..
Ed Fitzgerald
62 Posted 07/08/2014 at 22:38:19
Mike

Quoting your age doesn't make you grown up! I am 52 and wish I could give up the drug called Everton. There is nothing that would please me more than winning a trophy. We haven't won one for nearly twenty years! My lad is 31 tomorrow he has been a season ticket holder since 1988 and has never seen us got even close to competing for the league, not good enough for Evertonians.

It is one thing to have a good manager and I believe we have one, but we have an incredibly inept chairman and supporting structure until they go I really believe talk of winning trophies is rather fanciful unless we get lucky in one of the domestic cups. It is not a conspiracy that he is inept if you are 44 you will have seen the many cock ups he has presided over. I won't list them

Ged if I am wallowing (hankering is a better adjective) it is the wish that Evertonians were not so easily pleased these days. Perhaps it is a generational issue, I don't know but the motto is meant to mean something isn't it?

I don't expect to win the league every season or play in a super stadium that hovers over the Mersey for gods sake. I do expect however to a leadership structure at the club that has the strategic nous to see what's happening in the wider context of global football and position the club accordingly, I don't believe we have that or have had that for many years and certainly not under BKs reign.

Mike Jones
63 Posted 07/08/2014 at 23:02:37
Ed

relax. Too much to read

Steven Jones
64 Posted 07/08/2014 at 23:02:23
IBK is doing a great job right now and the stability over the last few years along with choosing great managers and inspiring them is a big contribution to where we are.

I love the path we are on right now ... evolving nicely and a chance at challenging the moneyed brigade ...

Mike Jones
65 Posted 07/08/2014 at 23:12:39
Ed

I did read eventually.

Of course being 44 means im grown up. That is all.

Ed Fitzgerald
66 Posted 07/08/2014 at 23:19:07
Steven

You are far too easily pleased we haven't won anything for 19 years and with the exception of one or two seasons (definitely the last one I grant you that) have watched bloody sterile football at Goodison.

Ant Dwyer
67 Posted 08/08/2014 at 00:19:49
Great news that Stones has signed a long-term deal. ThatÂ’s Stones, Barkley and Coleman all done and I think it only leaves McCarthy to go, although, after only signing last term, surely he should still have 4 years left on his contract?
Spragg Johnson
68 Posted 08/08/2014 at 01:11:27
Achievement without investment is very difficult in these days of sugar daddy clubs ... but my nine year old son (whose middle name is 'Everton') is more than happy to be a Toffees fan ...even though the Sports Shops here in New Zealand are only stocking the glamour clubs kits... so when that trophy comes (sooner rather than later of course) it'll be all the more sweet. Last season's play (on the whole) was anything but sterile. The way we smashed up on Arsenal at home was joyous.
COYB!!
Patrick Murphy
71 Posted 08/08/2014 at 15:17:53
Read somewhere today that players contracts are now more often than not loaded with clauses as is usual but a new fashion is to automatically have a time frame attached to it whether that be a particular date or a certain number of games for the club to offer a new and improved contract. Apparently McCarthy will be the next player to be offered new terms - although I though he had done so recently. It all adds up these days the original fee followed by the original wages and then increments in wages year on year - we need new backers to keep up with this increasing madness.
Liam Reilly
72 Posted 08/08/2014 at 15:21:22
Gonna be interesting to see RMs first choice pairing if all 4 centre halfs are fit for Leicester.

BK - inept Chairman. Whilst I'd like to see the club sold for a reasonable price (which, I'm not sure BK controls); he did hire Moyes which steadied the ship and RM when there was many on here who thought: Relegation.


Dave Williams
73 Posted 08/08/2014 at 17:48:48
BK has brought good players in without selling and the squad is now much younger and looks decent.

Even if people canÂ’t give credit for that, it is hardly cause to criticise the man?

Eric Myles
74 Posted 09/08/2014 at 03:48:59
Couldn't you find a pic of him in a blue shirt???

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