Trio sign new deals with Everton

Friday 16 December 2016  27 Comments  [Jump to last]
Leighton Baines, Gareth Barry and Mason Holgate have all agreed new terms with the Blues

Baines has ended any speculation over his future by putting pen to paper on a extension to his current deal that would keep him at Goodison Park until the end of the 2018-19 season.

Barry has agreed a new contract that ties him to Everton until June 2018 by which time he will be 37.

Holgate's new agreement, meanwhile, secures one of the club's most important young players. He has signed on until June 2021.

Manager Ronald Koeman expressed his satisfaction at keeping all three players at Goodison on new terms.

"I'm happy," the Dutchman said. "If I don't see any future for these players they don't sign new contracts"

“With Leighton, his attitude is always perfect. He likes to work hard, he likes to learn, he is a technical player with a good view of the game and I'm really happy to have him in the team this season and also for the longer term.

“Offensively, he's a strong player who can cross the ball well and he has that cleverness in the game and in the moment, a quality that's not in every player. “He's one of the experienced players in our team and what you like to have in your team is a balance in ages in the group.

“Like Leighton, Gareth Barry is a clever player on the pitch. Only Ryan Giggs has played more games in the Premier League and let's hope he will smash every record. He's a quiet person but a strong character. He knows what he can and can't do.

“He is a key player for the team. Of course, sometimes you need to protect older players, with all due respect. Gareth is 35 but he is still so important for the team and I'm very happy he has extended his contract.

“Mason is one of the big talents at the Club. Of course, he started playing this season and did a great job. He can play out of different positions in the team defensively. He was really comfortable when he got his chance in the team. He showed strengths with the football and strengths in defending. He's the future for the Club and other young players like him."  

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Chris Gould
1 Posted 16/12/2016 at 20:56:32
Very happy to see both Baines and Holgate sign new contracts. Holgate could become top class.

I expect Barry to play a little less and maybe move into a coaching role. He is an outstanding professional and a credit to the sport, but I certainly can't see him running the midfield next season.

Tony Twist
4 Posted 16/12/2016 at 21:39:54
Why sign Barry until 2018!? He won't be able to cope (maintain a high standard) playing regular Premier League matches. Are we really that desperate!

Happy with Holgate; okay with Baines; though he needs to raise his game... but us having a 37-year-old player on the books is bemusing.

Darren Hind
6 Posted 16/12/2016 at 22:22:46
Good idea to keep Barry until he's too slow to be booked.
Ian Herbert
7 Posted 16/12/2016 at 22:37:20
Good news on Holgate. Not so happy about Baines being given an extension though. I think he has been poor this season.

Barry getting an extension is a poor decision as far as I am concerned. We all saw how much more mobile the midfield was without him the other night and the refs may as well book him in the tunnel before the game starts!
Raymond Fox
8 Posted 16/12/2016 at 22:43:33
Depends what we are paying Gareth; he's been a model pro so we are told in doing the right things health wise, he has massive experience.

He can come on as a sub. and steady the ship when needed in his last season; okay by me.

Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 16/12/2016 at 22:49:59
Agree re Barry, class is class. He still has great value even if he's lost a step – nobody else in the side could have pulled off that swerving lob to Rom for the goal. MotM nominee several times earlier this season. He'll lose his starting place for good if Schneiderlin comes in, but he still has an important role to play.
Bill Gall
10 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:06:34
I think that Barry is a model professional who is an example to the young players, in that, if you want to last in this league, then there is a certain standard of fitness, and how to represent your club, outside of the playing side of things to maintain.

He may turn out to be a good coach or manager if he decides to stay in the sport after retirement.

Everton may have decided that there may be additional benefits in the future by offering the extra year, and even if only for 30/45 min he can still bring some stability for the defense.

Lev Vellene
11 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:12:03
Barry is Class! I agree with any deal to keep him, even if it was only to make him baby-step the media-generation players through the obvious hoops of being a GOOD midfielder, as opposed to being a known talent doing a stint around that circle in the middle that everyone's watching...

Let's hope he can get them (too) caring about being good footballers! Total class, again, so let's keep him around for long enough to keep the youngsters on their toes!

Andrew Presly
12 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:13:40
This simply warms the cockles, doesn't it?!
Damian Wilde
13 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:33:48
Tbh Barry has been one of our better players of late.

Baines... not sure about that one.

Frank Wade
14 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:48:28
June 2018 seems a long way off but Barry has just signed for a 1-year extension. He has been brilliant in some games. The legs are starting to go but he makes up for that with expert positioning and the experience he brings to the team.

As Chris says in #1 above, I would love to see him added to the coaching team when he does finish his playing career.

Nice to see Koeman speak well of Mason Holgate. I just wish we saw more of him on the pitch. His cameo against Man Utd was brilliant. He is looking better every time he plays.

Dan Davies
15 Posted 16/12/2016 at 23:54:35
Regards Barry – a model pro for the youngsters to look up to and admire. A good player with a wealth of experience, Everton would be stupid to let him go.

Get him involved on the coaching side of things eventually and it's a win-win situation, I can't see any negative side to this at all.

Bobby Mallon
16 Posted 17/12/2016 at 00:24:34
We just need to give Gana a lifetime contract.
Conor Skelly
17 Posted 17/12/2016 at 00:29:17
Barry says "age is just a number". No, it's not, Gareth. Age is a predictor that you will no longer be able to keep up with the pace of the game. It's the reason you are finding it difficult now and getting booked every week.

Our midfield gets over-run when he plays. I don't understand this to be honest other than to keep grumblings in the dressing room to a minimum and hope to maintain morale. The "coaching, model pro" stuff doesn't wash with me.

Mike T Jones
18 Posted 17/12/2016 at 00:49:28
Conor, he gets booked every week since he started playing... almost.
John Austin
19 Posted 17/12/2016 at 00:56:08
Dan @ 15. Couldn't agree more. It's a no-brainer to keep Barry even if he isn't playing every week. Such a great role model for the youngsters.

Connor @ 17 – I'm sure he knows he will figure less and less on the pitch but he can be a positive influence off it.

Anthony Dwyer
20 Posted 17/12/2016 at 02:01:21
Not the world's worst day; Holgate is the future of our club, Baines is starting to show signs of his former self, and if Barry could be used as a sub to help see out games we are winning, then that could be good too.
Victor Jones
21 Posted 17/12/2016 at 11:24:24
Barry is far to slow these days for a premier league that is all about pace. His new contract will drag on just like Hibbetts did. Watch and see.

Baines had a decent game against Arsenal. But can he produce again in the derby? And then over Christmas. And then next year. I'm not so sure. He has not been great over the last few seasons. His tackling has not been very good. And he rarely beats the first man with his crossing.(The other night was an exception). One good game ..and he gets a new contract. Some supporters look at Everton players through rose tinted glasses. We are not going to win anything with Barry and Baines Their better days are now well and truely behind them.

Other teams are ruthless ..Everton throw new contracts at players they really should be thinking about replacing. And supporters get all nostalgic. Wait until Barry and Baines are making mistakes. Then watch the venom .And we have them signed up on longer contracts

Happy to see Holgate sign a new contract. He is the future. I really Rate this guy. But I fear that other clubs will also have noticed him. And TBH a contract means not very much to the modern footballer. Supporters harp on about getting good money for our top players should we end up selling. Nonsense IMO. I would rather that we actually kept our better players.(but not those in their mid thirties).

Everton getting top dollar for players does not and should not make one jot to supporters ..its top top players we need to be bring in ,and then holding on to, that should be our concern. Let our board concern themselves with money ..that isn't our problem or concern.

So its one thumbs up from me on these new contracts. And its two thumbs down. I suppose that Jagielka will also be rewarded .and he will then keep one of our many talented young centre backs out for the next few seasons.

Will our youngsters ever get a proper break?

Jonathan Miller
22 Posted 17/12/2016 at 11:33:32
I think Barry takes a booking for the team on so many occasions but the fact he seldom sees red is a credit to his professionalism and ability.

Baines is still suffering the after effects of the injury and operations; I expect him to push on towards the end of the season and get back to his former self.

All good signings for me – Barry has obviously got a roll to play when he hangs up his boots.

Peter Gorman
23 Posted 17/12/2016 at 11:53:13
Conor, if Gibson gets a 1-year contract, Barry gets 100 years.
Jack Convery
24 Posted 17/12/2016 at 11:54:14
Barry is a future manager of EFC. Makes sense to keep him on the books. The standards he sets are an example to any up-and-coming youngsters. He will play less that's for sure but the more class we have around the place, the better it is for us all.
Paul Conway
25 Posted 17/12/2016 at 12:55:04
Maybe the extension of Barry's contract represents a future behind-the-scene role, as he is such a valued professional. He has given everything to football, without holding back.

It's a pity he came to us so late in his career, as he could have become an Everton great... If, and only if, the players he was playing with invested the same amount of sweat as himself.

Clive Rogers
26 Posted 17/12/2016 at 13:17:45
Baines was more like his old self against Arsenal. Holgate should be playing more often and Barry less.
Alan J Thompson
27 Posted 17/12/2016 at 15:33:11
Doesn't exactly say what the terms of these contracts are. I would imagine Holgate has agreed an improved contract. Baines just seems an extension of 1-year while Barry's may be a rolling contract.

Given Koeman sees Holgate as part of the future, maybe now he will recall Tarashaj, Galloway and Garbutt to see if they are of a similar level.

Trevor Lynes
28 Posted 18/12/2016 at 13:01:58
These three players are worth keeping.Baines and Barry are model pro's with lots of experience.Baines and Jags are the two best Ambassadors we have as Everton players on and off the field.Holgate is a future star and perhaps better than Stones.This article should be studded with less negative statements on these three players and a lot more on their positive side.

Once we are rid of the dross we still carry we may be able to get a decent squad together.At present we are muddling through with about sixteen players of varying degrees of skill to select our eleven from.

Denis Richardson
29 Posted 18/12/2016 at 14:05:18
Don't know the terms of the contracts admittedly but I can't say I'm over the moon with the Baines and Barry extensions.

Baines is 32 and had a contract to 2018 as it is. Barry is 35 turning 36 in Feb. Why could the club not wait till nearer the end of the season for any extension talks? Baines especially has been pretty poor last two seasons and Barry's nearing pension age.

Regardless of his contributions to the club so far, no-one can seriously think that Barry is going to be a regular on the pitch after this season - if they do then we're in more trouble than I thought!

The club don't seem to learn at all. Extensions given to Neville, Howard, Hibbert, Osman, Gibson all spring to mind in the last 5 years alone. Millions wasted.

I'm convinced there is something dodgy in some of these extensions to aged players. Just seems very odd.

Barry's contract now runs until he's 37, ffs, and he'll take up a place in the squad someone else could have gotten next season. At least Holgate is signed up. The rest is money for old rope.

Paul Kossoff
30 Posted 18/12/2016 at 15:25:29
Denis (#29),

Kenwright's still doing the cheaper option as far as the squad goes, that's why Gibson was kept on, Kone's still here and McGeady will be back soon I bet... wouldn't be surprised if both get extensions.

I just don't understand the Barry or Baines extensions other than it's short-term money saving.

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