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Billy Crellin, Everton's reserve keeper behind Joao Virginia, has signed a new 2-year contract with the club, extending his original agreement by 1-year. 

Crellin was in action against Doncaster Rovers last night for Everton U21s in the EFL Trophy, and made a number of impressive saves both before and after he was finally beaten. 

The 23-year-old lifelong Evertonian, who has been at Everton since joining from Fleetwood Town in January 2022 and now trains with the first team, said, “It was a dream when I was a kid and coming to watch Premier League games here, so I’m just living a childhood dream.

“I’ve loved every minute at Everton. Training with Jordan, Loners [Andy Lonergan], Joao [Virginia] this year, and Bego [Asmir Begovic] last year; I’ve developed a lot as a keeper. I’m miles better than I was 18 months ago.

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“I’ve picked up little things off Jordan, Asmir, and Loners because they’ve played so many games between them. I’ve developed in every area, with those one per cents that make you better.

“I pick up a lot of things off Jordan and watch how he handles certain situations, which hopefully, one day I’ll be in, and I’ll know what to do. I speak to him all the time about little things and he’s helpful.”


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Joe Hurst
1 Posted 20/09/2023 at 17:16:08
Welcome to the club we all love, Billy.
Michael Kenrick
2 Posted 20/09/2023 at 18:07:20
Strange to my mind that this 'lad' (perhaps he's a young man now!) has played so few games for even the U21s in 18 months: just 5 for the whole of last season, and 3 for the (half-) season before (when they were U23s).

I guess he might just fall in a gap between the U21s and the first-team, and gets used as a first-team punching bag in training, but don't you need a minimum number of competitive games to hone your sharpness? And to stay match-sharp?

I can't imagine how you can do that on an average of less than 1 game every other month. And yes, the U21s are barely competitive, from what I've seen on the lousy club stream.

Phill Thompson
3 Posted 20/09/2023 at 18:11:51
Strange indeed Michael, unless we see him as 3rd choice next season behind Virginia and becomes a cheaper alternative than Lonergan.
Kieran Kinsella
4 Posted 20/09/2023 at 18:49:09
We just signed this Fraser Barnsley guy from Oxford. We've also got Barrett and Graham in the Under-21s, plus Tyrer and Leban out on loan. So six under-21 goalies on our books including Crelin who is 23.

It seems like an awful lot for a club who need a bailout just to pay the current monthly operating costs.

Paul Kossoff
5 Posted 20/09/2023 at 19:01:05
To the incompetent idiots running the club into the ground, give us some important news about what the fuck is going on, not someone who will probably not play in the first team, and because of that, who the fuck cares if he gets a new contract?

The silence is deafening and embarrassing. They always roll out some kid who no-one rates giving them pro contracts, and it's just to cover the crap that's happening.

I'm sick of this club, I really am. I've said it before and I'm saying it again, if we are either still in the Premier League next season or still in existence as going concern, I'll be surprised.

Kevin Prytherch
6 Posted 20/09/2023 at 19:12:04
I'm curious, Paul – given the statement regarding the takeover (below) – what are you expecting to hear?

Closing of the transaction is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2023 and remains subject to regulatory approval, including from the Premier League, the Football Association, and the Financial Conduct Authority.

Out of respect for this process, 777 Partners will not be providing any further comment during this period of regulatory review.

Danny O’Neill
8 Posted 20/09/2023 at 20:18:25
I try to watch the now U21s as much as as can but don't confess to be a regular.

I don't know about him.

I think I heard earlier that United took 4 keepers to Műnchen with them tonight.

Interesting but why do we refer to them as Bayern Munich?

The linguistic OCD in me suggests in German it's Bayern Műnchen. The full English translation would see them referred to as Bavaria Munich.

Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 21/09/2023 at 10:33:57
I'm about as excited as one could possibly be over the news of our fourth choice keeper extending his contract.
Bernard Dooley
11 Posted 21/09/2023 at 11:23:33
#Kieran Kinsella@4

six goalies in the younger age bracket, we are well off it seems.
If the official Everton website is accurate, we have 11 keepers on the books, including all age brackets
J Pickford
J Virginia
A Lonergan
B Crellin
J Barrett
D Graham
F Barnsley
S Jennen
G Pickford
and two players out on loan; H Tyrer, Z Leban
Surely that can't be right?

Dave Abrahams
12 Posted 21/09/2023 at 11:38:02
Bernard (11). Looks like we are ( saving) up for a rainy day, mind you we’re a bit late for that it’s pouring down now!!
Bernard Dooley
13 Posted 21/09/2023 at 11:47:42
Yeah, Dave, I can only agree, sadly!
Stephen Vincent
14 Posted 21/09/2023 at 12:21:10
The possibilities for ridicule are endless.

Are we planning on have 9 goalkeepers on the bench, perhaps Dyche is planning an 11 - 0 - 0 system?

Steve Croston
15 Posted 21/09/2023 at 12:42:25
A similar name to our chairman, Billy Cretin. Let's hope he hasn't signed on for another too years too!
Sean O’Hanlon
16 Posted 21/09/2023 at 15:17:47
Paul, #5, I was thinking exactly the same thing. No disrespect to the lad, but I'd like to hear how the club is going to address the current crisis, which includes probably the worst start to a season ever.
One point out of a possible 15!!! It's so bad, we may skip the Championship, and drop straight down to Division 1!
The present demise, which has existed for many seasons, has now infected the players. They have forgotten how to play football; passing correctly is a rarity, tackling has disappeared from their vocabulary, and playing with team spirit is another language.
Week in week out, we witness the descent into the ultimate oblivion... but hey ho. we have signed a third choice goalkeeper!
Paul Kossoff
17 Posted 21/09/2023 at 15:59:08
Kevin 6, See, this is how the K&M road show gets away with keeping us all in the dark, treating all the supporters with utter disrespect. So you are quite happy ignoring the months, if not years of us being the last to know anything about our club, and because they have leaked, or someone has, some news about a possible take over, which we are still hearing from other sources multiple stories, every thing in the garden, as far as you are. concerned, is rosy. Well I am glad you are happy with that.

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