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Jagielka adds another year to current deal

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Phil Jagielka has signed a one-year extension to his Everton contract, committing to the club until 2018.

The skipper dropped back in to Finch Farm to put pen to paper following a short break after his time with the England national team and said it was an easy decision to extend his stay with the Blues.

It's always nice to feel wanted, Jagielka told evertontv. Being rewarded with the extra year gives me that motivation to keep striving to get better and to keep going for as long as possible.

[They weren't] the longest negotiations ever — it only took a couple of minutes rather than hours. I love it here, I want to stay here and thankfully enough, the club felt the same."

Manager Roberto Martinez welcomed the decision by his captain saying that Jagielka is a born leader.

Players with leadership qualities like Phil are rare and, undoubtedly, it's something you need to be born with, Martinez told But what's even more impressive for me is how Phil continues to grow and develop in the role.

Phil carries out the role of Club captain with incredible enthusiasm and integrity. He's a fantastic example to everyone around him.

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Geoffrey Risebrow
1 Posted 19/06/2015 at 16:18:44
I love Jags. This contract extension is a good decision by the club. I still donÂ’t understand why Hibbo got a two-year contract!
Jim Bennings
2 Posted 19/06/2015 at 16:47:52
LetÂ’s make sure though when he hits 36 he doesnÂ’t get another extension!!

Loyal servant but letÂ’s not drag it out until he goes shite.

Peter Murray
3 Posted 19/06/2015 at 16:57:53
Great move. Should be captain of England as well. An intelligent reader of the game, superb tackler and blocker and an inspirational captain by example.

I remember reading a post here early on last season about him being one of "yesterdayÂ’s men". HeÂ’s proved that one wrong.

Mike Hayes
4 Posted 19/06/2015 at 17:51:38
Needs to show more balls on the pitch and stand up against idiot ref decisions and get the team to play to their strengths – good to see he wants to stay though.
Mike Gaynes
5 Posted 19/06/2015 at 17:42:29
HeÂ’s the man. Leader, fierce competitor and of course our most spectacular finisher!

And, unlike a certain other blue-strip captain down in London, heÂ’s a class act who never fails to make us proud.

David Greenwood
6 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:01:52
Great news. I read today that he was the number one ranked centre half in terms of passing accuracy last season in the PL. How did that happen? For two years IÂ’ve been reading on here that he canÂ’t pass and canÂ’t adapt to RMÂ’s passing style. Very strange.
Jamie Crowley
7 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:04:32
Good news. I like Jags a lot.

One thing he does that drives me nuts is his smiling and laughing it up in the tunnel before games. My only beef is IÂ’d wish, as Captain, heÂ’d set the tone of "ready to eat my own liver for three points" instead of his usual jagging around and laughing (no pun intended).

ThatÂ’s a very minor point and to be clear IÂ’m very happy heÂ’s committed another year.

Andrew Keatley
8 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:05:48
I see this as very positive news all-round.
Brin Williams
9 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:26:22
The tale of two Mikes.......

Mike H (#4).........Â’Needs to show more balls on the pitch and stand up against idiot ref decisions and get the team to play to their strengthsÂ’

Mike G (#5).......Â’.. He's the man. Leader, fierce competitor and of course our most spectacular finisher!Â’

Now then, one of you is taking the Michael ....and the winner is........MG (#5) – of course he’s a ’man’ man!!.. as for a ’leader’ I sure as hell ain’t seen any of that in his make up , ’fierce competitor’ ..err yes of lost causes and back tracking - ’spectacular finisher’ ...oh yes there were one or two that he would call spectacular but other than that ....?

Sorry MH (#4) but you came second in the taking the Michael comp... Incidentally I agree entirely with what you say.

Player of the year in a year of under-performers – that he should have had the balls to kick arse and get results.

James Hughes
10 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:53:17
Brin – where did that come from?

Jags has very rarely let us down and has done that very thing that all on here crave, fought for the Royal Blue shirt.

ThatÂ’s my take on the man, glad heÂ’s with us, not against.

Minik Hansen
11 Posted 19/06/2015 at 18:58:59
He can be here for a while, just like Distin, age donÂ’t matter. Early last season, he was the fastest with the ball in the Premier League. Hopefully as a captain he will have his say on last season to RM and theyÂ’ll do what it might take to improve it and succeed.
Phil Walling
12 Posted 19/06/2015 at 19:20:07
IÂ’ve heard many Evertonians say how they would much prefer a snapping, snarling skipper in the mode of John Terry or him over the road. Perhaps it might have happened if Rooney had stayed with us.

Me, I was brought up on Brian Labone and can well do without all the histrionics which still never get any ref to change a decision. Jags is a leader, make no mistake!

Bill Griffiths
13 Posted 19/06/2015 at 20:01:42
Well said, Phil; Jags leads by example.
Steve Guy
14 Posted 19/06/2015 at 20:37:04
Ace, proper Evertonian legend.
Duncan McDine
15 Posted 19/06/2015 at 20:58:48
Great news... Despite some of his limited ability on the ball, IÂ’m chuffed about this. Top man, excellent defender.
Murdo Laing
16 Posted 19/06/2015 at 20:57:22
Yes James / Phil. Spot on. Jags just tries to lead by example. Any comparisons with the likes of John Terry are just a little overblown, IMO. Jags is aggressive enough, he is also a consummate defender who has saved our bacon with his excellent recovery in numerous games.

I also admire Terry, but of course he has the benefit of having been brought up in a club with unlimited resources, so Jagielka's uncomplicated declaration of his desire to stay with Everton should be seen for what it is: a good thing. We need him to bring Stones and Galloway along.

I have him filed alongside Kevin Campbell as my very favourite Everton captains... added to which they both slotted against the Redshite at Anfield. He deserves the extended contract to see out his best years.

Paul Tran
17 Posted 19/06/2015 at 21:12:38
Putting aside the comparisons between Jags and Terry, the main issue is that while Jags is a model professional, good player and captain, IÂ’m longing for the streak of ruthlessness our last two trophy-winning teams had. We wonÂ’t do anything till we get that back.
Dave Ganley
18 Posted 19/06/2015 at 21:15:42
Good; I am really glad... I love Jags as a player and he certainly leads by example. I will never forget the joy as he put away the penalty at Wembley against the Mancs – calmness personified.

I don’t like him being compared to Terry as the man is poison – a great defender but a horrible individual who has way too much to say for himself to the media and referees. He makes Stevie Me seem humble!!

One thing that does concern me with him being captain was his apparent lack of leadership on the field last season and I don't mean harassing the referee either. Most of last season, the team looked rudderless and IÂ’m afraid that the captain didnÂ’t show much in the way of bringing the team together.

I know I said he leads by example but that's not the same as being a good captain. Maybe we can chalk it off to being an all round rubbish season last season as I always considered him a good choice for captain and he really didnÂ’t have much help on the field either.

Regardless, I am really pleased he has signed a new contract as he has been a rock for us in the past. Long may it continue.

Denis Richardson
19 Posted 19/06/2015 at 21:40:25
Lot of people saying this is great news but the guy still had two years left on his contract, after which he would have been almost 35! Was this extension really necessary now?

Surely they could have waited for another if not into the last year of his contract to see that he can still play at that level then and give him motivation.

Sorry but the club is simply too soft with older players when it comes to new contracts. The likes of Chelsea only give Terry one year contracts at a time and heÂ’s 34 and their best defender!

Howard on a contract till heÂ’s 39
Barry on a contract till heÂ’s 36
Jags now on a contract till 1 month before heÂ’s 36
The likes of Hibbo, Osman and Pienaar all on contracts well into their 30s.

Jags has been a good servant but something will have really gone wrong if heÂ’s playing regulary for us in 3 yearsÂ’ time!

Andy Crooks
20 Posted 19/06/2015 at 21:53:30
It is good to hear a man like Phil Jagielka say "I love it here". For all our many grumbles, "here" just must be a wonderful place to be a footballer.
Colin Glassar
21 Posted 19/06/2015 at 22:35:49
IÂ’ve liked Jags ever since I saw him play for Sheffield Utd all those years ago. IÂ’m glad heÂ’s staying.
Jim Jennings
22 Posted 19/06/2015 at 22:32:33
Have to agree with Denis Richardson.

As good as Jags has been, I really donÂ’t see the need to add another year onto a contract this early for a man who will be mid-30s when it expires.

Jack Cross
23 Posted 19/06/2015 at 23:15:27
Jim Bennings. I agree, this club is too sentimental when it comes to our older players getting longer contracts.

Jags has been great for us. But we should have molded some younger player into a similar character and personality and leadership by now.

I think it shows that were scared to give a younger player the chance to lead us forward in with maybe a bit more aggression.

Joe Foster
24 Posted 19/06/2015 at 23:36:13
I donÂ’t get it.
Peter Bell
25 Posted 19/06/2015 at 23:46:13
Said it last year and I will say it again now. The extension of contracts for first Hibbert, then Osman, now followed by the extension of Jagielka, means to me that RM has not got the balls to be a top manager.

He is praying these guys retire gracefully as he hasnt got the balls to say they are not Everton standard any more. That is what made Fergie the best ever.

No time for fucking sentiment in this game. This guy will gave Hibbert a contract until he is 40 rather than tell him he ain't good enough.

Kase Chow
26 Posted 20/06/2015 at 00:25:01
Denis (#19) is correct.
Harold Matthews
28 Posted 20/06/2015 at 04:00:05
One of my favourite players but this new contract is far too early.
Steve Sweeney
29 Posted 20/06/2015 at 08:40:20
We should be sitting down with McCarthy and getting him to sign a contract extension. He is the future of this club – not Jagielka.
Aidy Dews
30 Posted 20/06/2015 at 09:57:11
This is a great move by us but itÂ’s also gonna be a great deal for Stones as well! The lad is learning a lot from Jags.

We all know Stones is brilliant on the ball, very elegant and classy but at times last season, in Stones I saw the Jags of old. His reading of the game and positioning was much better through out last season and the way he put his body in the way of things and those all-or-nothing, last-ditch blocks, were very Jags-esque!

They're forming quite a fruitful partnership at the back which bodes well for the team.

Darren Hind
31 Posted 20/06/2015 at 10:06:43
Jags puts us in a bit of a pickle.

We all want to see out team play on the deck, but we love the way Jags puts his body on the line, we love that he hammered an unstoppable shot into the top corner of the Kop net. We love his recovering pace ... we love him.

But if there is a Premier League defender who has hoofed the ball forward more than he has, he must have been doing it when I wasn't looking.

Even after half-an-hour of playing about at the back, for a manager who has a possession obsession, you ALWAYS know that, sooner or later, Jags will put his foot through it.

Patrick Murphy
32 Posted 20/06/2015 at 10:48:50
I know that ideally we wouldnÂ’t want to be extending players' contracts for those in the relative twilight of their careers, but this is obviously part of the business plan at Goodison and has been for a few years.

If we canÂ’t match the wages of other Premier League clubs and want to remain true to our annual wages cap, then this is probably the only way we can keep the experienced International players happy and retain their services. Think of the contract extensions more as a reward to the players for being loyal and remaining with the club when any of them could have moved to other clubs for more money at any point in their careers. Younger players who we would like to join the club, mostly will have excessive wage demands and, whilst I wasnÂ’t happy with Hibbo and a couple of others getting extended contracts, in JagielkaÂ’s case he has performed well for Everton and Â’deservesÂ’ his extension.

David Greenwood
33 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:03:26
I donÂ’t get where you are coming from Darren @31. Last season he was the number one ranked centre half in the league in terms of passing accuracy. So where this hoof ball myth comes from I donÂ’t know.
Jamie Barlow
34 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:05:37
Spot on, Aidy. We should keep Jags at the club for Stones sake. Even if he isn't playing every week. He's a model pro in my eyes. Just gets on with the game and Stones said he loves playing with him as heÂ’s learning so much.

Players are playing till theyÂ’re a lot older than they used to. They are so much fitter than they used to be. WeÂ’ve go plenty to get out of Jags yet.

Jimmy Salt
35 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:19:26
Good to read mainly positive feedback here; he deserves it and it is justified.
John Crawley
36 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:16:01
Dennis 19 I donÂ’t think itÂ’s the club being soft awarding these long contracts to older players, itÂ’s down to Martinez. Moyes wasnÂ’t in the habit of regularly awarding long contracts to players in their 30Â’s.

Jags is a good centre half but we need a more commanding defender if weÂ’re going to improve and aim for the top 4.

Darren Hind
37 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:40:32
Where the hoof "MYTH" comes from, David???

Passing accuracy stats are absolutely meaningless if you're totting up the number of times our defenders (under no pressure) roll awkward little bobblers to each other. with no intention of moving forward.

It's what happens when the opposition decide to press.

Aidy Dews
38 Posted 20/06/2015 at 11:47:40
Darren Hind, hoof or not, have you seen the stats for defenders and passing for last season? Jags was tops out of everyone, he completed the most, so hoofs or not, he completed the most short or long out of anyone in the league last season!

I know we want to play out from the back but I donÂ’t mind seeing a quick ball/hoof over the top from the back, it mixes things up.

And people worrying or going on about JagielkaÂ’s age, I donÂ’t think itÂ’s a problem. HeÂ’s still got decent pace, reads the game well and that gives him extra yards on players and as fresh legs playing along side him. HeÂ’s a really good defender and IÂ’m glad heÂ’s signed up.

Colin Glassar
39 Posted 20/06/2015 at 12:10:30
With so many young players coming through, eg, Besic, Lukaku, Galloway, Stones, Deulofeu, Ledson etc... we need a few of these old heads (Jagielka, Barry, Osman...) to stick around for a bit more. This is football, not LoganÂ’s Run.
Joe Green
40 Posted 20/06/2015 at 12:22:34
Still no real need to give an extra year now if heÂ’s already got two years to go. Perhaps we hope to message the younger players and transfer targets that Everton is a club that will look after you. But a risky financial strategy. Too many older players for me.
Murdo Laing
41 Posted 20/06/2015 at 12:22:43
I strongly suspect Patrick (#32) has it right: The clubÂ’s strategy is to try to keep its older players going to afford continuity, and my own take is that I think the squad will only be refreshed by astute signings and, to a degree, by the youth policy. Evolution not revolution, type of thing.

If anything, this thread for me has shown how there are differing perspectives on what makes a "captain". OK, Jags does not scream at referees like Roy Keane or Wayne, but he does his talking on the pitch for the most part, and I for one am happy that heÂ’s happy. He is well capable of performing at a high level at 36, as did Distin.

Phil Walling
42 Posted 20/06/2015 at 13:38:16
The "Sack Â’em all at Thirty" lobby is in good voice these days. Every case must be judged on its merits and Jagielka has shown no signs of old age as yet.

Periods of bad form happen with every player. Soon we shall hearing that Barkley going off the boil is caused by his passing his 21st birthday!

Denis Richardson
43 Posted 20/06/2015 at 15:54:58
Phil, no one is saying sack anyone at 30 and thereÂ’s no need to deliberately exaggerate. ItÂ’s pretty clear that, before his extension, he had a contract that would have taken him to 35 as it is, which is massively different to 30!

There is no-one here or at the club who can say for sure what heÂ’ll be like as a player in a year, nevermind two, so what does the club gain by giving him an extension at this time for 3 years? Other than being tied to paying around ٠.5M a year for 3 years instead of 2. The extension could easily have waited at least a year if not more, assuming it would even be worthwhile.

Also, when a player signs an extension, heÂ’s not only getting a longer contract but also an upfront signing on bonus. WeÂ’re not exactly loaded!

Yes, diets and training have improved but that doesnÂ’t mean every player automatically can play at this level at 34, nevermind 35 or 36, you only have to look at Pienaar.

If the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea rarely give out more than one-year contracts to players over 32, why canÂ’t we?

As I mentioned above, if Jagielka is still playing regularly for us in 2-3 yearsÂ’ time, then something has really gone wrong. His main attribute is his pace, which is not going to last forever, and I certainly canÂ’t see him lasting as long as Distin.

IÂ’ll add this to the bizarre contract given to Howard. He also had two years left in 2014 (at age 34) and was then given a new 5-year contract, ie, a 3-year extension!

And we wonder why we have so many pensioners on the books...

Darren Hind
44 Posted 20/06/2015 at 16:50:19

IÂ’m 59 and I wasn't that great when I was 21... but I cannot remember Jagielka making a pass I couldnÂ’t have made meself.

You may be impressed with his "stats", but anyone who watches Everton regularly, will have observed that those figures are down to an accumulation of never-ending meaningless passes across our back line. They will also have observed that Jagielka will eventually put his foot through it.

Jags has hoofed it throughout his entire career. Let's not turn him into Franz Bekenbauer because of a few misleading numbers.

Ray Roche
45 Posted 20/06/2015 at 17:14:54
Darren, youÂ’re right about how misleading stats can be but, first and foremost, Jags is a defender and as a defender he is first class. And there are countless occasions over the years when we wished someone would have put his boot through the ball instead of farting about at the back. The semi-final for instance.

IÂ’m delighted that the current England centre-half has stated how much he wants to play for Everton.

And youÂ’re also right. You were crap when you were 21... ;-)

Darren Hind
46 Posted 20/06/2015 at 17:42:06
Cant argue with any of that Ray, Jags is a fantastic defender. . . and I was indeed crap
Aidy Dews
47 Posted 20/06/2015 at 18:30:20
Darren, I watch Everton every game, wether thatÂ’s on TV, Goodison or away from home and I know Jags hoofs it but regardless of if he makes short passes to a team mate 4 yards away or a long hoof up the pitch, the stats show he was the most accurate either way!

And I know heÂ’s no Beckenbauer but heÂ’s no Chris Perry or Kenny Cunningham either!

He may hoof it but heÂ’s good at what heÂ’s there for first and foremost and thatÂ’s defending!

Jay Harris
48 Posted 20/06/2015 at 18:39:23
Jags the "gentleman" centre half who leads by example rather than mouth and regularly puts his body on the line for club and country.

We should be proud to have him – not be taking every opportunity to knock him.

David Weir played top level till he was nearly 40. With centre-halves, experience is as important as pace – and Jags has both.

Steve Cotton
49 Posted 20/06/2015 at 19:14:33
He didnÂ’t need an extension at this point if he already had 2 years left. I think it is the management's way of making it look like a new signing when the window closes.

Also, I believe Hibbert got a 2-year extension and Barry got 3 years also last year. Both of these seem way over the top for a club that has little money.

Ian Glassey
51 Posted 20/06/2015 at 19:37:36
Can do no wrong for me; a great defender, may not be the most vocal of skippers but leads by example.
Darren Hind
52 Posted 20/06/2015 at 20:01:14
Aidy, You don't get it.

His hoofs, are not the reason his stats are so distorted, they are just hopeful punts he uses to "clear his lines" and seldom find an Everton player.

Accumulating a high success ratio by making numerous meaningless passes when under no pressure does not mean he can pass a ball, any mug can do this and if Perry or Cunningham played centre-half for Everton last season, their stats would be distorted too and no doubt somebody would be on a football forum somewhere pointing out how impressive they were.

Jags is a decent defender, but he cannot pass a ball, he will never be able to pass a ball. Most observers will not be taken in by these idiotic stats.

Andy Meighan
53 Posted 20/06/2015 at 21:30:10
Great lad and he's been a great servant for us. I see people are complaining about this contract taking him to a certain age. I couldnÂ’t care less. Age didnÂ’t do Gough or Weir any harm, did it? And they were two of the best centre-halves of recent times. IÂ’d certainly put jags up there with them two. And to hear him say "I love it here" puts the top hat on it for me. And, for me, also, Stones couldnÂ’t learn from anyone better.
Dick Fearon
54 Posted 20/06/2015 at 21:49:57
Call me old fashioned but I say a Centre halfs number one job is with no mucking about shift the ball at least 40 yards upfield from our own goal.
Our biggest problem has been a mid field with barely an original thought in their combined heads waiting for the ball to be delivered on a plate.

Eddie Dunn
55 Posted 21/06/2015 at 10:57:56
Jags is a smashing lad, and has been loyal to us and this extension is a reward for his loyalty. He is a man who leads by example, but he is not perfect, and perhaps not the ideal captain, but I am glad we have him.

Incidentally, the fact that he has a little joke in the tunnel means nothing. This shows that you are relaxed, and not intimidated by the opposition; once you get on the field, you can start growling.

Aidy Dews
56 Posted 21/06/2015 at 11:30:35
Darren, clearly you donÂ’t get it! ThereÂ’s a difference to hoofing it forward to striker and clearing your lines!

A lot of the time, when he goes long, he is looking to switch it to the flank or hit Rom and he means it, but not every time it works out. It can look like a hopeful ball heÂ’s playing but itÂ’s not just hitting it long to clear his lines. Nor when it actually does go to our man is it a lucky punt.

When you're "clearing your lines" as you say, thatÂ’s when you're under pressure and just get rid and that is a hopeful punt upfield. Sometimes it goes to a team mate, sometimes it goes into Row Z, but when he has time to look up and make the long pass, thatÂ’s not a hopeful punt at all.

Darren Hind
58 Posted 21/06/2015 at 14:50:17
Oh I seeeee Aidy . .

Jagielka has not been frustrating the fuck out of the GP faithful for years with hopeful hoofs every time he panics. . .HeÂ’s been playing the long pass to Rom "but not every time it works out and it does LOOK LIKE a hopeful ball" . .

Yakubu, Big Dunc, Anichebe, Jellavic, Saha, Naismith, Kone, and Lukaku. not to mention a host of England strikers have all watched in despair at Jagielka has knock missiles past them, Yet you think he is hitting long passes ?

Every defender who boots it forward aims it in the general direction of a forward, they all get lucky sometimes . . its generally known in the game as hoofball.

If JagielkaÂ’s stats were based on his "long passing" he would finish well down the list. The figures you are so clearly taken in by are solely down to those meaningless bobbly little passes with which he regularly puts his team mates under pressure.

Look, you are fooled by these stats. nothing I say will change your mind.

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