New two-year contract for Stekelenburg

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Maarten Stekelenburg has signed a new two-year contract with Everton that would extend his spell with the club to June 2020.

The Dutchman has been ever-present for the Blues in pre-season while Jordan Pickford has been away on his post-World Cup break and he will be between the sticks again against Valencia for the final friendly.

Stekelenburg, who was signed by Ronald Koeman two years ago, is very much regarded as second string to Pickford who was Everton's player of the season for 2017-18 and one of the stars in Russia this summer but he has vowed to push the young 'keeper for his place. "Jordan had a very good 2017-18 season and played superbly as well for England at the World Cup," Stekelenburg told evertontv.

"I understand my role and I will try to compete with Jordan and push him to continue to get better as well.

"For me, it was tough last year because I had an injury and it took me a few months to come back from that.

"But I'm fit now, I've played in our pre-season games and I'm very much looking forward to Jordan getting back here so we can push one another."  

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James Hughes
1 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:40:11
Good job he only conceded 7 goals in past two games!!!
Denis Richardson
2 Posted 30/07/2018 at 15:40:26
So Stekelenburg is given a new 2-year contract at 35 as our second-choice keeper.

Bad habits die hard, I guess. I remember we gave Howard a 4-year contract when he was 35. Thankfully he didn't see it out.

Next, new 3-year contracts for Jagielka and Baines?

Phil Smith
3 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:00:01
Knows his place. Decent back-up but never a first choice. Too many mistakes in him.
James Stewart
4 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:00:12
Bizarre. I would not want a situation where Pickford is injured and this guy has an extended run in the team.
Amit Vithlani
5 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:01:32
Strange one.
Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:05:04
So they have just increased Stekelenburg's contract to 2020, to give Pickford competition!!!!
John Kavanagh
8 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:06:05

Or a situation where we cave in to Chelsea on the last day of the window, leaving us with Stekelenburg as first-choice keeper until January... Scary!!!

Alan J Thompson
10 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:12:30
I suppose from Everton's viewpoint it depends on how much he adds to the wage bill but is it for 2 years or a 2 year rolling contract? Whatever, it appears that something has been said about transfer money and wage bills.
Bill Griffiths
11 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:19:16
Not good enough even as second choice keeper. I'd liked to have seen Hewelt given a run out in one of the previous friendlies.
Kelvin Thomas
12 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:19:54
I don’t understand the negativity around this deal.
35 year old, World cup finalist with plenty of Premiership experience happy to be on the bench.
Thumbs up for me!
Bill Gienapp
13 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:20:14
I'm sure some will grumble about this, but we have much more pressing concerns to focus on than backup keeper. We could do better than Stek, and we could do worse. This just solidifies the situation for the next two seasons.
Steve Brown
14 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:20:49
Kelvin Thomas
15 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:24:21
Could have gone for Rob Green or paid £12m for Danny Ward as a back up.
Rather stick with Stek!
William Cartwright
16 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:27:18
Kelvin, excellent summary, don't forget the double penalty save against City! He is saying all the right things about the squad mentality. However on another thread, where these views are being called for Lookman is getting roasted for not being a squad player! I support the right to have opinions and respect the opinions of others, but some consistency would be good. Wouldn't it?
Jay Wood

17 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:30:29

To be fair to the club and Stekelenburg, the back-up goalkeeper position is a tricky one. It is usually filled by a mature experienced player in the twilight of his career (as in Stekelenburg's case), or a promising but not-there-yet younger keeper.

With Joel Robles gone and evidently none of the academy keepers getting a vote of confidence from the management thus far pre-season to step up, retaining Stekelenburg is an easy and obvious option when fulfilling other positions need prioritising.

Stekelenburg actually played very well in Koeman's first season, earning a recall to the Dutch national squad. Would I want him featuring regularly this season? Certainly not. So keeping Jordan Pickford AND keeping him fit to play is a must.

But I won't have a downer on the club in this instance for giving a two-year contract extension to a 35-year-old. If this was Jags, Williams or Baines the recipients of an extended contract, I might think differently. But it is less of a concern for me for the 'keeper's position.

Kelvin Thomas
18 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:32:12
Yes William.
As Bill mentioned, more pressing matters at the moment.
Hopefully they haven’t been mulling over this Stek deal for the past month!
Jim Harrison
19 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:34:16
Good experience, known quantity. Young keeper as 3rd allowed to develop hopefully
Ajay Gopal
20 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:39:02
Let’s face it - no team anywhere in the world - will get a World class No. 2 keeper. Usually these guys are in the final years of their career and in that context, Stek is not a bad choice. Most teams cannot deal with an injury to their No. 1 for an extended period of time. Let us pray that Pickford doesn’t get injured and we can focus on other areas that need strengthening.
Andrew Ellams
21 Posted 30/07/2018 at 16:41:02
Chelsea are struggling to hold on to their main man and have just drafted in Rob Green as cover. I suspect this is the only position we are better off than them on the field and on the bench.
Joe McMahon
22 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:02:02
Just got home from work and this is the news. FFS this is crazy, and then we wonder why redshite laugh at us. I read on here he's played in a world cup final as if something that happened several years ago means anything. It's here and now that counts. Why do we always give extended contact s to players that no one else wants.
Rob Halligan
23 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:06:41
Sounds like Stekelenburg has the right attitude as well. Just been reading on the O.S about his signing, and it seems he fully understands the position of number one is Pickfords, but more importantly he will help push Pickford to help him improve.

As stated above, it's very difficult being a number two goalie. You can't play anywhere other than in goal, unlike an outfield player who can be played out of position, if required to do so, in an emergency.

There was one occasion, however, when I remember David James playing in goal for man city, and the sub goalie came on to enable James to go up front for the last few minutes of the match. Can't remember the opponents though, but city must have been really desperate for a result?

Derek Taylor
24 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:12:46
Seems Silva sees players through the same eyes as Koeman or, alternatively, seeks to make the same mistakes as his predecessor.

No doubt, the same results will accrue !

Pat Kelly
25 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:15:34
We're going to play him up front. He knows where the goal is. Which is more than can be said for most of them.
Kunal Desai
26 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:22:04
Hahahahaha, what a fucking joke of a club, no wondered we get laughed at like some comedy show. Club is still run by morons. Is he going to be third choice keeper
Jason Broome
27 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:26:32
Can't see any negatives here.

When he initially arrived he was decent. I remember a run of games where it looked like he would become our first choice keeper.

Vast experience, knows the club, knows the score and won't complain, and won't cost anything other than wages. No brainer!

He may never play a first team game for us again but at least he's there if we need him. Why so much heat?

Shane Corcoran
28 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:27:16
Should have gone for Courtois.
Anthony Hawkins
29 Posted 30/07/2018 at 17:36:25
I’m sure I recall silva saying he wanted three keepers in his squad? Not so bad if he’s third choice.
Duncan McDine
30 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:04:00
Get the fuck in there!!!! Yeeeeeeeaaaaaasssssssss! Woop woop. There’s only one Stekelenburg, one Stekelenburg... etc
Lewis Barclay
31 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:06:08
We let Robles go!
Stewart Lowe
32 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:18:56
This is a great call. Steklenberg knows he isn't going to dislodge Pickford and is happy at this time of his career to act as a training partner for Pickford. I know every player needs to be pushed but I believe Pickford to be so good that your not likely to get another great keeper to sit on the bench and wait for Pickford to make enough mistakes to give them a shot. Silva wants 3 keepers so it would be better to bring an 18-20 year old keeper in to compete with Steklenberg for the number 2 slot.
Tony Twist
33 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:18:57
Is this because we were expecting someone to sign today! They seem so keen to persevere with certain players, Mirallas, Sneiderlin, Jags, Baines, Williams, this club really does live in the past. Way too slow and cumbersome, eventually this failing will catch up with us.
Mike Gaynes
34 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:26:30
Great idea, Shane #28. Nothing would shore up the defense like playing two keepers.
David Hallwood
35 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:42:32
Ok I'll say it its like a new signing
Gavin Johnson
36 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:43:42
Totally indifferent to this contract extension. While it would good to bring in an up and coming back up from the lower leagues, we have bigger concerns with finding a CB, midfielder and striker so probably a deal we need to do, and Stek seems happy to be the experienced No.2

Wonder what happened to the much mooted special relationship with the super agent Minola?? Aren't Ligt and Balotelli his clients? That would be the CB and striker position sorted and the last I read Balotelli was out of contract at Nice.

Shane Corcoran
37 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:46:14
Mike #34, Courtois would be on the bench where he'd be happy to sit. What top 'keeper wouldn't?
Christy Ring
38 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:46:30
I thought Hewelt was looking good for the u23's.
Bill Gienapp
39 Posted 30/07/2018 at 18:52:21
I can't believe people are actually wasting the energy to get worked up over this. Yes, with less than two weeks in the window, let's have Brands devote precious time to finding someone to take Stek off our hands for a pittance, all so he can then waste further time recruiting a marginally better backup keeper. Great use of resources. Come on.
Mark Frere
42 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:01:59
I can't understand all the negative posts about this deal. He's our back-up keeper, not first choice! He's not top drawer but he is more than adequate as second choice and has vast experience at the highest level. 35 is not that old for a goalie and having Stek in goal doesn't fill me with as much dread as the centre Backs playing in front of him which we currently have on our books. We are in desperate need for quality at CB.
Paul Birmingham
43 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:08:14
I’m not that surprised as back up GKs are normally in the autumn of their career.

A mixed bag, but there was that season 2 years ago, the game at City and the other side of the coin at Chelsea, but the whole team gave in after the first minute, at a Chelsea.

Let’s hope there’s more business with incomings, as there’s no time to lose. Serious business time now for M&M.

Martin Berry
44 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:09:42
A good keeper and a good pro, pleased he is still with us.
Barry Thompson
45 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:14:23
Rob H - "As stated above, it's very difficult being a number two goalie".

Rob, are you saying that it's very difficult being a shit goalie

Rob Halligan
46 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:18:37
Barry, if I knew WTF you meant, I'd answer you.
Ian Bennett
47 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:24:49
Stand by Goodison exercise - only Everton will have given the new contract to the wrong fucking keeper.

Stekelenburg on £140k per week and £150m release clause .

Steve Ferns
48 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:26:09
I thought he was older than 35. He’s not the worst keeper. Surely this is a sign that Pickford is going nowhere?
David Milner
49 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:28:21
No brainer really. He was contracted to 2019 so effectively only an extra year. Wages were £30,000 per week & I expect he was only offered the same for the extra year.
Tony Cunningham
52 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:45:56
Can't believe all this flak on here. He's 35 and given a contract to last til he's 37 to act as a back up, an age most goalies still play at (especially if not actually having to play!) We don't expect to need him unless Pickford is injured. Better than last summer when we had Robles, Stekelenburg both backing up Pickford.
Alex Parr
53 Posted 30/07/2018 at 19:47:39
Not a bad back-up, to see some comments on here you'd think that we should be getting Neuer or Lloris as number 2... I remain slightly unconvinced by our number 1 if truth be told...
But back onto the number 2 goalie slot, look at that clown that Bayern have as their second choice keeper Sven Ulreich. Everytime I have seen him he has completely stunk the pitch out. Much rather have Stek than someone like him or that Big Dogs Cock across the park.
Lewis Barclay
55 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:03:51
Doesn’t this mean he is likely to be our No 1 for all the cup games?
Sam Hoare
56 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:04:51
Solid enough, very experienced, right mentality. Don’t see what’s to moan about here but some people will always find a way.
Geoffrey Williams
57 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:05:02
He never inspires confidence personally I preferred Robles
Rob Dolby
58 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:07:08
We have had a lot worse at the club. The Stek is a decent 2nd choice.
Hopefully the contract is just coincidence with Chelsea sniffing around Pickford.
Graham Hammond
59 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:17:00
Robles is better than Stek in my opinion and is the keeper we should have kept of the two, at 28 years of age Robles should just be starting to come into his prime. No fee received for him either. Just got to hope that Pickford doesn't want out or get a serious injury. Too often in the past when we have splashed the cash we look to balance the books asap with the sale of our top player ie Pickford. Time will tell.
Lev Vellene
61 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:24:09
He still had one year left on his contract, so he would usually be expected to find a new club somewhat lower than the PL around now. This means that Silva has seen enough to think that his experience might be worth keeping him on the bench for another year, or maybe even two. But the same conundrum next year this time, stay for wages, or go somewhere else to play his swan song.

So don't go over the top on this one! :D

Steve Ferns
62 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:30:00
Robles is much better, Graham, but we can’t keep a guy who wanted to leave. It was better to keep him and let him run his contract down as the damage was done in the Martinez era. When Pickford came he had the chance to retain the jersey if Pickford didn’t come up to scratch.
Lev Vellene
63 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:30:55
Graham #59,

Robles had run down his contract, so he was allowed to leave on a free transfer. I couldn't see him sign another contract with a team where Pickford was now guaranteed to start! We fans might love the thought of the money involved with sitting on the bench, but the players all want to play, not warm the bench!

Veteran goalkeepers seem to have more brains, though... ;P

Bill Gienapp
64 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:34:16
Agreed - I think most of us on here would agree that Robles was the preferable option as backup, but he wanted the opportunity to start and you can't really begrudge him that.
Rob Halligan
65 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:46:44
Barry # 45. Ok I'll try and decipher what you mean.

Do I think it's very difficult being a shit goalie?
No I don't. I saw plenty of shit goalies on a Sunday morning when I was playing.

If you're asking me do I think Stekelenburg is shit, no I don't. If you do, then that's your opinion. Did you think he was shit when he saved two penalties in the one game against man city a couple of years ago? No, thought not!

Listen, as many are now saying on here, he's a decent back up to Pickford, and hopefully we won't see too much of him this season. I don't see the point in trying to sell him and then scout around for the next ten days trying to find a replacement.

We have got a very good number one goalie in Pickford. It would be very difficult to find another one, who would be willing to sit on the bench every week. That's why I say, it's difficult being a number two goalie, knowing your chances of playing are restricted. Stekelenburg is prepared to bench warm for most of season, but if he is required, I'm sure he won't let the team down.

With regards to people mentioning Robles. His contract was up at the end of June. He knew his chances of replacing Pickford were slim. I don't know if he was offered a new contract or not? If he was, then clearly he rejected the offer, as he wanted to be playing every week.

Rob Halligan
66 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:55:22
Steve, Lev and Bill. I was still typing my post when you all posted about Robles, all basically saying what I said at the end of my post.
Tommy Surgenor
67 Posted 30/07/2018 at 20:59:52
A very sensible extension on all parts. A back up keeper is not a priority right now. As far as back up keepers go, Stek is one of the better ones.

This gives us two years to assess Hewlett and see if we need to find another young keeper from somewhere.

Rome wasn’t built in a day and some of the required changes can be pushed down the line a bit.

Jack Convery
68 Posted 30/07/2018 at 21:14:25
I thought the guy who is 6ft 9" is on our radar ? I think he plays for Shrewsbury. Stek pk as a No3 but a younger keener keeper is required to be immediate back up for Pickford.
Michael McCarthy
69 Posted 30/07/2018 at 21:14:48
I have noted the word 'pressing' in a couple of posts. Yet to see it on the pitch, which would be a big change. Another word that crops in other forums, 'embarrassing'. That sums up the pre-season. The squad have all been given the opportunity to stake a claim, big decision time by the manager.
Paul Mackay
70 Posted 30/07/2018 at 21:44:44
No problem with this, rather spend money on outfield players than sign a keeper to be back up.
Rian Magee
71 Posted 30/07/2018 at 23:03:40
No issues with this either. Good experience and really seems to have the right attitude as a squad player (something we seem to lack in other positions).

I see some of the 'doesn't inspire confidence in me' comments, which to a degree I understand...but can you blame him with that defence in-front of you, what the fuck has he got to be confident off, any keeper we have has to essentially play as keeper and two centre-backs haha

It's a no-brainer to extend this, and it won't be something that's distracted Brands for too long. The decision will have been made and left to whoever to do the paperwork while he concentrates on the more pressing transfer business.

I've a feeling this could be an interesting week...

Jerome Shields
72 Posted 30/07/2018 at 23:36:15
I don't like these type of contract extensions for a player who is 35. Everton should have a young understudy who can push Pickford. He may be even needed to replace him.
Victor Yu
73 Posted 31/07/2018 at 02:36:23
I don't mind having him as the backup.

Nowadays it costs $10M just to sign a backup goalkeeper.

Mike Gaynes
74 Posted 31/07/2018 at 06:19:47
Guess I'm in the minority, but from what I saw of Robles and Stek in 2016 and 2017, Stek was better. Not as spectacular, certainly, but far fewer brainless mistakes. Robles had some howlers.

Jack #69, the giant keeper you're thinking of is Tomas Holy of Gillingham. (All the Holy jokes may begin now.) The rumor has us, Arsenal and Hammers interested in him.

Victor Yu
75 Posted 31/07/2018 at 06:31:02
I believe we wanted to keep Robles too but he turned down a contract to look for first team opportunities.
Jerome Shields
76 Posted 31/07/2018 at 07:21:08
This is a deal that Brands and Stekelenburg discussed in Dutch and came up with Double-Dutch as far as a strategic replacement for Pickford is concerned.
David Ellis
77 Posted 31/07/2018 at 07:21:22
It was never an option to keep Robles. He wants first team football. Steklenberg is solid back up and happy to play that role. Sounds fine to me
Paul Mackay
78 Posted 31/07/2018 at 07:34:00
72 Jerome

35 is not very old for a goalkeeper. I might agree with you if this was an outfield player.

Paul Mackay
79 Posted 31/07/2018 at 07:38:53
If Pickford breaks a leg at Wolves you don’t want an untested 21 year in goal until the window reopens. Special dispensation to sign another keeper outside of the window aside. So this is a good deal for me and allows us to direct transfer money onto outfield players.
Erik Dols
80 Posted 31/07/2018 at 07:50:45
A little bit strange deal at first glance but when you think of it I can imagine it. Like others said, decent experienced back-up goalie, good mentality. Not a position where we should spend a lot of time or money to improve, there are more pressing matters.

According to google he was on £30,000 untuil 2019 so I guess it's just a one year extension, probably at the same terms. A bit heavy wage for your back-up but in todays era I guess they don't come much cheaper.

Bobby Mallon
81 Posted 31/07/2018 at 10:24:37
Just on the centre back thing. Kean was bought from Burnley where he was immensely good. But we bought a player who played in a very defensive system. A system that koeman did not play and now silva won’t play. He’s not suited to a high line defensive formation to slow, but in a dyche or alardice back four he will excel. Just saying get off his back
Simon Jones
82 Posted 31/07/2018 at 11:14:50
Not surprised he's got a contract extension, the goalie situation is probably a low priority, unless a massive offer comes in for Pickford. We have the England No 1, Stekelenburg, and Hewelt in the U23s who has another year on his contract.

As long as they all stay fit, I don't see any dramas here.

Paul A Smith
83 Posted 31/07/2018 at 11:18:39
Doing things the right way. Got rid of our 3rd choice keeper to give the older 3rd keeper a new deal.

What a club!

Derek Taylor
84 Posted 31/07/2018 at 11:27:17
Hewelt must be some keeper. Silva rates him so highly he doesn't get one minute in pre-season friendlies. The oldies are best!


Drew Shortis
85 Posted 31/07/2018 at 11:54:25
Sensible decision. He has looked a bit rusty this pre-season, but has vast experience, has done well when called upon in the past and is willing to be a backup & training partner for Pickford.

How many decent keepers are going to be willing to come in and sit out a season as 2nd choice to Pickford? Perhaps if we paid enough in wages and transfer fee, but I'd rather spend that money elsewhere on players who will be starting, week-in & week-out. When the rest of the squad is in better shape we can worry about #2 keepers!

Paul A Smith
86 Posted 31/07/2018 at 12:42:47
Note to self. I meant 2nd sorry. We got rid of 2nd choice to give the 3rd a new deal.
Peter Fearon
87 Posted 31/07/2018 at 15:14:04
Maarten Stekelenburg is a fine choice – so long as he never has to play.

Frankly I would sooner give some younger keeper the opportunity to shadow Pickford and play in League Cup games than put someone we know is unreliable on the field. You wouldn't do that with a striker.

Wait... we are doing that with a striker. Okay, well then, you wouldn't do that with a... Wait!

Michael Kenrick
88 Posted 31/07/2018 at 16:39:49
Derek Taylor (#84),

Alternative fact check: Mateusz Hewelt did in fact play not just 1 but 45 minutes in the second half of our first pre-season friendly — unless in your reality it was not a pre-season friendly, as claimed by some, because we scored so many goals against inferior opposition.

Derek Taylor
89 Posted 31/07/2018 at 16:59:39
.and made some stunning saves ?
Jerome Shields
90 Posted 01/08/2018 at 00:20:28
Paul (#78). We are talking about Stekelenburg, not Shilton or Southall. I just find this contract a bit too cosy for a team that is supposed to have ambition. We have had too many of these cosy contract extensions.
Vijay Nair
91 Posted 01/08/2018 at 01:10:17
Happy with Stekelenburg as backup.

Got to be realistic here. We are not going to get an established top-class keeper to come in and play second fiddle to Pickford.

If we are looking to bring in a third keeper, I would look to a young gun like Freddie Woodman at Newcastle. Right age (21), heaps of potential and currently in a team that's overstocked with keepers.

John Smith
92 Posted 01/08/2018 at 08:17:29
They didnt give him 2 years. They added another year on top of the one year left on his contract. So in essence, they gave him a ONE YEAR extension. His contract now runs out in two years. Not the same thing.
Tom McEwan
93 Posted 02/08/2018 at 08:48:03
Michael @88, when 'correcting' Derek @84, you use the words, 'alternative fact check' and 'unless in your reality'. Are you suggesting Derek is living in a 'parallel universe'?

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