Foulds signs one-year contract extension

Friday, 6 July, 2018 13comments  |  Jump to last
Under-23s defender Matty Foulds has signed a new contract with Everton that will keep him at the club until 2019.

The 20-year-old, who can operate as a centre-back or left-back, has made good progress through the Finch Farm Academy since joining from Bury almost three years ago.

“It means the world to me [to sign the new deal],” he told “I don't want to go anywhere else, I want to stay where I am and develop here.

“Everton is a great club for any young player to be at. The Club has a reputation for playing young lads and giving them opportunities. And the people here, too - the staff, the players - they're all so welcoming.

“The fact that they've offered me a contract even though I've been injured, I have to take as a real positive and try to do as well as I can next season.”  

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Steve Ferns
1 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:10:21
Congrats Matty. Big season for you. You need to be bossing the defence this season in the 23s and knocking on the first team door.
Tony Everan
2 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:30:30
Nice one, Matt.

I will follow his progress in the U23s; if he excels there his chance will come. Best of luck to him.

Tom Bowers
3 Posted 06/07/2018 at 18:33:29
I admit I have not been following the exploits of the Under-23s so am not familiar with some of the names cropping up who are getting new contracts. I am all for young players getting their chances sooner rather than later, especially when some big contract players have a few off games and seem to relying on their name to get them in the starting eleven.

Everton seem to have as good a youth system as any so it makes sense to blood them as soon as possible when they show that certain assuredness. It is hoped that some of those players make the breakthrough this coming season and that the likes of Davies and Lookman push on to better things.

Mike Gaynes
4 Posted 06/07/2018 at 19:42:02
Bring it on, young man! We'll be waiting for you.
Paul Birmingham
5 Posted 07/07/2018 at 08:22:12
Keep belief and stay fit and I'm sure Matty can make the grade. He's always put in an honest shift and keeps it simple and efficient when I've watched the U23s.

Great prospect, now to kick on.

Ajay Gopal
6 Posted 07/07/2018 at 08:43:43
Good luck to him. We seem to be having a lot of young centre-backs in our ranks:

Gibson (the lad signed last year)
Holgate (of course)
The Greek dude, Ozounuidis (in the U-23s)

Some will have to be let go, at some point.

Brian Williams
7 Posted 07/07/2018 at 09:15:17
I believe we've just to agree personal terms with a centre-back to complete our first signing of the summer. Medical's already done. It's Gibson of Middlesborough with Besic going the other way.
Derek Knox
8 Posted 07/07/2018 at 09:34:06
Brian, where did you get your info from?

I tend to check all the gossip columns daily, and there are lots of names (speculation mostly) I don't recall any medical being mentioned, for anyone.

Although granted, Gibson's name has appeared several times, as one among many, we are allegedly interested in.

As far as I am aware Silva was assessing the whole squad this week at Finch Farm, he is well aware that the squad needs to be culled. I find it puzzling that he would negotiate the above deal you mention, before making those assessments.

Brian Williams
9 Posted 07/07/2018 at 09:43:07
Derek. Got a call this morning from "Middlesborough". I am assured the info's 100% reliable. It remains to be seen if that's the case.

Don't know whether I want to be proved wrong and ridiculed on here or for it to be right and us end up with someone I'm not 100% keen on to be honest. I think I prefer the former.

Needless to say I post it in good faith.

Derek Knox
10 Posted 07/07/2018 at 10:06:12
Cheers Brian, no-one has any intention, and certainly not me, of ridiculing you in any way.

It's just been a very frustrating transition for all Evertonians, and transfer activity, which always invokes interest too, has been, well, non-existent so far.

I suppose only time will tell if your contact is right or wrong. Not sure, whether if true, he will add anything significant, and personally think we could do a lot better, but time will tell.

Derek Taylor
11 Posted 07/07/2018 at 10:11:05
The ongoing uncertainty over the central defender issue smacks of last year's ridiculous obsession about aquiring 'No 10s'.

It seems that even if you have half-a-dozen waiting in the wings, you can't have enough to provide adequate cover.

What's the betting we start the season with more than 40 senior players? Muddle and confusion still reigns!

Brian Williams
12 Posted 07/07/2018 at 13:12:42
Derek (#10).

Cheers for that. Had another call after messaging the source and warning him that, if the info is bullshit, I'll string him up. He said both players have passed medicals and both players are just to agree terms, salaries etc.

Victor Yu
15 Posted 16/07/2018 at 04:30:09
They had high hopes for him.

Hopefully he will progress and become a solid player for us.

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