Cape Town - Everton
have secured the long-term futures of three of their promising
youngsters in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Mason Holgate and Jonjoe Kenny.
The trio have all featured heavily for the Merseysiders this season,
with Calvert-Lewin in particular catching the eye after registering five
goals and four assists in 24 appearances across all competitions.
The 20-year-old forward's reward is a new deal that runs through to
2023, while 21-year-old centre-back Holgate and 20-year-old right-back
Kenny have both signed on until 2022 at Goodison Park.
"We're delighted that these young men have committed long-term to the
club and there's no doubt in my mind that they will play big roles at
Everton for a long time to come," Toffees boss Sam Allardyce told the
club's official website.
"The depth of young talent in our squad is very encouraging, a clear
sign that we do things right as a club in our development of young
players and Mason, Jonjoe and Dominic epitomise what we are trying to
accomplish with young players here at Everton."
Speaking to Everton TV, Calvert-Lewin said: "It's an exciting time to
be here and, for me, learning from players such as Wayne Rooney
couldn't be better for my ongoing development.
"With a few other young lads also coming through at the moment, it's
good because we're all pushing one another. I feel like I've improved a
lot in a short space of time and I'm still looking to keep improving and
Holgate added: "It is a good time to be young at Everton. You get a
lot of chances. Every now and then, clubs get a spurt of players from
the same generation coming through and hopefully that is what is
"There are a lot of players around my age - Dom, 'Mola [Ademola
Lookman], Davo [Tom Davies], and Jonjoe - and hopefully we can all be
here for a long time."
Kenny said: "Everton is a top club and I'm convinced we can go and do
great things as a team. If we all stick together we can compete at the
highest level and we have the desire to do this.
"To extend my career here, I'm made up. I want to stay at Everton for
as long as I can but I know I've got to keep on playing week in, week
out, playing well and impressing. Hopefully, I can keep on doing that."