Pennington signs new two-year deal

Saturday 8 April 2017  32 Comments  [Jump to last]

Matthew Pennington has become the latest of Everton's Academy graduates to be handed a new contract with the club.

The 22-year-old who featured at first-team level for the first time over the past two games has signed new terms that would extend his stay at Goodison Park to 2019.

“I'm delighted to extend my stay here and hopefully I can try to cement a place in the first-team now,” Pennington told evertontv. “It's a very exciting time to be Blue. We've got a new manager, new players, young players coming through and it's a great place to be.

“I'm proud every time I wear the blue shirt and go out in front of the fans to play for Everton. That's been my aim since I came to the Club as a young boy and hopefully I can get many more chances to do that.”

The Warrington-born centre half has come through the youth system at Finch Farm and was blooded under former manager Roberto Martinez.

He has had loan spells at Tranmere, Walsall and Coventry in recent seasons but had his progress checked by a long-term hamstring injury.  

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Danny O'Neill
1 Posted 08/04/2017 at 19:45:32
Congratulations and good luck to the lad!
Terry Underwood
2 Posted 08/04/2017 at 19:59:16
If, and that's a big 'if', all the kids coming through, make the grade, we could have an awesome young side in a couple of years time.
Paul Hewitt
3 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:03:55
You win nothing with kids.
Tony Heron
4 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:08:16
So pleased for the lad. Looked a good player before his injury. Some of the stick he's received since the derby has been well OTT.
Richard Reeves
5 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:10:04
Good news but the contract should be longer. I also think that being an intelligent and hard working lad he will learn quickly and develop into a very good centre-half.

Good luck to him.

Mike Dolan
6 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:11:35
Good luck, Matt. Work hard and play your game.
John Dean
7 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:20:58
I've watched this lad develop over the last 3 years in the U23s and followed his progress when on loan and I am pleased he will get a chance to secure his place in our first eleven.

He's not prone to Funes Mori style errors and has got the legs on Williams and Jagielka. He just lacks Premier League experience.

Paul Holmes
8 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:33:42
Watched him play in a cup tie against Holgate's old team (Barnsley, I think) and he was top class at right back. He got a bad injury and he looked a bit slow against Liverpool in the derby. I'm hopeful he can continue his progression as he's still only 22.
Mark Hughes
9 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:39:37
Kevin Mirallas & Joel Robles (out of contract 2018) and along with Ross Barkley need signing up soon.

Jags needs a 1-year extension.

Gareth Barry into a coaching role.

Gerry out but sadly probably going earlier.

Everyone else... punt.

Charlie Lloyd
10 Posted 08/04/2017 at 20:56:15
Good luck, Matt.

It's still a long road ahead till he's an established first teamer but I hope I echo the sentiments of all true blues and wish him all the best.

Jason Bowen
11 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:00:44
I think it should've been longer than a 2-year contract, maybe 3-4 years. He's going to be a good'un.
Gavin Johnson
12 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:27:27
Pleased for the lad. He didn't have the best game in the derby but was unfairly maligned in some quarters. The tactics were wrong from the get-go in that game. It was a hard game for the lad to be thrown into.

Does anyone know how Browning's been doing at Preston? I just remembered he went out on loan there. I'm guessing he can't be doing too bad as they're over performing as a club this season. It can't all be down to McGeady.

John Raftery
13 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:35:20
Gavin – he started well but picked up an injury and hasn't played for several weeks.
Eugene Kearney
14 Posted 08/04/2017 at 21:51:37
“I'm proud every time I wear the blue shirt and go out in front of the fans to play for Everton "

That's what we want to hear. That is commitment and honour and we need more of it.

Thanks, Matt, and Good Luck.

Charlie Lloyd
15 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:00:43
Gavin @ 12

Ian Snodin mentioned recently that Browning is back at Finch Farm. That's possibly for treatment for the injury but how long he's out for and if he will play for Preston again this season I don't know.

Gavin Johnson
16 Posted 08/04/2017 at 22:02:40
Thanks for the info on Browning, lads.
Shane Corcoran
17 Posted 08/04/2017 at 23:11:37
I'm surprised it's such a short contract. When did his current one expire?
Mike Gaynes
18 Posted 08/04/2017 at 23:24:00
Tony (#4), I didn't see anybody here giving the young man stick. The general consensus was that he really didn't belong in either game last week, but that the blame was Koeman's, not Pennington's.
Peter Murray
19 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:05:10
Well done, Matthew. Fully deserved. Great for you. Great for the future of Everton.
Michael Kenrick
20 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:24:41
Hi Shane,

From what I've seen, it's fairly common for developing squad players like him to typically get 2- or 3-year contracts at Everton. According to our records, in July 2015, he was rewarded with a new 3-year deal that ran through June 2018.

So a new 2-year deal at this point basically replaced the last 15 months of his existing contract with new terms, and no doubt a pay hike to reflect his greater exposure, visibility and contribution. All good management of our assets, if you ask me.

It gives him more time to develop and come good under our coaches, without over-committing in case his progress stalls. Tough business this football malarkey!

James Watts
21 Posted 09/04/2017 at 00:39:48
Great we've got another young 'un signed up. An extra 2 years make sense to me as, by the end of that, we'll know if he's going to 'make it' or not.

Now twat that horrible little diving big billy bollocks rat Vardy as a celebration present!

Kieran Fitzgerald
22 Posted 09/04/2017 at 05:32:51
I thought Browning was at Newcastle? Maybe that was Galloway.

Seven games left, including a resurgent Leicester today, Chelsea, and Arsenal last game of the season. The rest of our games include teams battling the drop. We might as well give the likes of Pennington a run in the team. He has already played against two other top six teams in the RS and Utd. It will have been great experience for him that he can bring into pre-season.

The current set of circumstances, while not great in general, are ideal for bringing young players through. Injuries to senior players, older players who are due to be phased out of the squad, still an outside chance of finishing top six, so no huge pressure but still competitive games, and young players who appear to be at the right stage of development to be given the chance.

Tony Heron
23 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:09:20
Mike @18

I agree the fault was Koeman's tactics but I read many comments along the lines that the lad wasn't Premier League quality, would be better suited to the Championship.

He's not long back from a bad injury and to give him his first senior game of the season in a derby game at Anfield was a big ask, but some contributors on here were questioning his ability.

Bill Griffiths
24 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:22:29
Tony (#23), you're right about the comments and Dom Calvert-Lewin was also getting slated as Championship class at best.

Unsy seems to have a high regard for Pennington so I'd rather trust to his opinion than the idiots that slag these lads off on here.

Eivind Nyhus
25 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:26:47
Pennington is 22? Thats a lot older than I thought he was. I'm happy for the lad, but his progress needs to quicken if he dreams of Everton glory.
Mike Gaynes
26 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:28:10
Kieren, Galloway is sitting on Pulis's bench at West Brom.
Dan Egerton
27 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:33:32
"You win nothing with kids." Meanwhile our U18 team will defend the Dallas Cup they won and our U23 tops their league. Good signs for Everton's near future.
Dan Egerton
28 Posted 09/04/2017 at 09:40:48
Yep. Galloway is at West Brom where he hasn't played since last September. He has only played 3 times for West Brom, back in last August/Sept. There was some talk about getting him back, but Pulis said No. Which makes me wonder what type of crappy season long loan deal we made.

I remember being against it when it happened, especially after selling Oviedo we have no cover at left back. I don't understand that at all.

Nick Armitage
29 Posted 09/04/2017 at 11:42:46
The Galloway situation seems very unfortunate. Should have been a good opportunity to get schooled to defend the Pulis way but out just hasn't worked out for him.

I hope this doesn't impact on his development, him and Browning both have a lot of potential. Add Pennington and Holgate into the mix and we've got a talented crop of young defenders.

Dan Egerton
30 Posted 09/04/2017 at 14:06:15
The Galloway deal must have been made outside the summer window, because under the rules you cant cancel those type of loan deals when theyre made outside both windows.

As an aside, Jonjoe Kenny's contract ends this summer. Is he good enough to extend his contract?

Liam Reilly
31 Posted 09/04/2017 at 21:40:14
2 Years is sensible; he needs to show that he can consistently perform at a high level.

I hope he does but I've more hope for Browning myself.

Peter Gorman
32 Posted 09/04/2017 at 21:49:28
I think so Dan, would be good to see more of Kenny after his last game cameo against Norwich. He is a total blue and mentally strong so I fondly imagine he'd play his heart out like Davies.

I disagree with Liam although I'm a fan of Browning. I think the rack of injuries have done for him. Such a shame but I'd fully expect Holgate to be blooded further alongside a new centre-half or three next season.

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