Ryan Astley signs up for two more years at Everton

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Everton Under-23s defender Ryan Astley has signed a new two-year contract with the club.

The 19-year-old has made the progression from Under-18s to Under-23s over the last four seasons, becoming an established regular in David Unsworth's side. He was named U23 Player of the Season and his form also earned him a call-up to the Wales Under-21 squad.

Astley told evertonfc.com : “I feel like I'm one of the senior players now [in the U23s] and, if I can make a good impression on the younger players and help them, then I'd like to do that.

“Next season, I just want to play as many games as I can and hopefully get the chance to train with the first-team as that will only help my game.

"I'm so happy the club has put the trust in me to give me this new contract. The people around the club are great to listen to if you want to learn. All of them have got great experience.

“David Unsworth has been huge for me. He was a great defender and, as our U23s manager, he's been an important influence. You look at the career he had and the consistency he showed, anything you can take from him is a plus. He's a very good coach.

“I just want to keep improving as much as I can, push on and see the levels I can reach.”  

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James Flynn
1 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:35:27
Brent Stephens
2 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:37:04
Good. I like this lad. Versatile.
Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:53:19
"David Unsworth has been huge for me" - did he keep a straight face when he said this?
Darren Hind
4 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:56:45
Dennis

Maybe he forge his opinion because he was actually there.

You were'nt

Brent Stephens
5 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:58:00
Unsworth certainly has been huge.
Brian Williams
6 Posted 02/07/2021 at 18:59:30
Unsworth is still huge in my book!
Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 02/07/2021 at 19:00:55
Rhino is certainly a coach with a massive presence who heavily influences his players.
Brent Stephens
8 Posted 02/07/2021 at 19:02:49
An interesting tactician as well. Keen on width.
Mike Gaynes
9 Posted 02/07/2021 at 19:03:34
And a tremendous breadth of knowledge, Brent.
James Flynn
10 Posted 02/07/2021 at 19:05:41
Assisting young Ryan with his all round game.
Justin Doone
11 Posted 03/07/2021 at 09:16:59
Wish him well.

I'm hoping we can start to produce some more attacking players.

We're all good for defenders.

John Pickles
12 Posted 03/07/2021 at 22:44:27
On offering a new contract to Ryan Astley, I wonder if Rhino said to him, "I'm never gonna give you up!"
Andy Crooks
13 Posted 03/07/2021 at 22:46:16
I'll get your coat, John!

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