Con Ouzounidis says signing his first professional contract with Everton is a dream come true.
The Under-23s centre-half became the latest of the Blues' crop of youngsters to be awarded their first terms when he put pen to paper on a one-year deal today.
The Australian U18 youth international started last season in Everton's U18s squad but has graduated to the U23s by late winter, establishing himself in David Unsworth's team.
“For anyone who is aspiring to become a professional footballer, to sign your first professional contract is a dream come true,” Ouzounidis said on Everton's official website.“I feel like I've came on a lot over the past year. I got injured, which was a blow, but I was in the gym a lot with the physio so that helped me develop physically. Coaches like [Under-18s boss] Paul Tait and Unsy in the Under-23s have helped me out a lot, too.
“Unsy used to be a centre-half and he's been there and done it for the first team, so he knows what it takes to get there. I just have to take what he says on board and put it into my game.
“He always manages to get the best out of his players, he pushes you because he wants more and wants you to succeed. He wants to help me become the best defender I can be.
“The players are all pushing each other on to do well, too. We're one big group. Everyone gets on well with everyone.
“It's important that we all get on. It's good for team spirit and, when we're on the pitch, we're all fighting for each other. Everyone wants the best for each other.”
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1 Posted 11/07/2018 at 16:19:01
I note hes away at the moment, with the u23s. It seems like the club is dripping the new deals out one by one to give each player their day in the spotlight. Fair play, they deserve it.
2 Posted 11/07/2018 at 17:40:32
3 Posted 11/07/2018 at 17:45:17
Doesn't stop the usual, predicatble negativity.
4 Posted 11/07/2018 at 18:20:34
5 Posted 11/07/2018 at 18:30:26
7 Posted 11/07/2018 at 18:35:01
Anyway, whatever his previous history is, I wish him well at Everton and progresses into a good player.
8 Posted 11/07/2018 at 18:56:09
9 Posted 11/07/2018 at 22:14:02
10 Posted 11/07/2018 at 22:18:27
11 Posted 11/07/2018 at 22:23:41
12 Posted 12/07/2018 at 03:43:44
13 Posted 12/07/2018 at 15:52:40
He is in good hands with Dave Unsworth and maybe one day, with hard graft and continued development, can be a successful first team player. Best of luck.
14 Posted 12/07/2018 at 20:52:20
The whole family moved to the UK from Australia around 8 years ago to have the best possible chance of making it as a footballer in the UK. Not sure how Everton came to hear about him, or whether he simply wrote to the club for a trial. Like a lot of youngster's, has devoted all his young adult life to making it as a pro.
Good luck to him.
15 Posted 14/07/2018 at 09:22:41
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