Date: 4th June 2019 at 6:35pm
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Everton confirm Matty Foulds has signed a new deal until 2020 after impressing for the u23s last season. The 21-year-old was a standout performer as the reserve team won the Premier League 2 and now has 12 months to get himself into the senior squad before his contract expires.

He was delighted to extend his stay at Finch Farm, telling the club’s official website: “Everton is a great club and I’m so happy to sign this new deal. For a young player, Everton has got it all. It’s a brilliant place to be. There’s nothing more you want to do than wake up and come in to work with the staff and players we’ve got.

“The facilities are incredible, too. I think I’ve got better and better each year I’ve been at Everton – I’ve got stronger, fitter and improved technically. I want to keep that going.” Foulds joined Everton from Bury in 2016 and has yet to make an appearance for the first-team. He did represent the Toffees in their EFL Trophy defeat to Bradford on September 25, 2018, however.

According to Transfermarkt, Foulds has racked up 40 appearances in the Premier League 2, scoring two goals over three seasons. He’s doing everything in his power to be promoted to the first-team and may have one last chance in 2019/20. Unfortunately, there is a lot of competition for places at left-back.

Foulds is currently behind Lucas Digne, Leighton Baines and Brendan Galloway in the pecking order under Marco Silva and may have Antonee Robinson challenging him after his impressive loan spell at Wigan Athletic. Baines and Galloway both have uncertain futures, however, which could open the door to an internal replacement. Time will tell.

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