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Monday, December 31, 2012
Everton re-signs Seamus Coleman

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Everton defender Seamus Coleman signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract Monday with the club, extended his stay at Goodison Park until the summer of 2018.

"I'm over the moon. I'm glad to get it all done and to sign for so long at a club like Everton is a great achievement -- I want to be here for as long as possible," 24-year-old Republic of Ireland international told evertontv.

"Signing a contract here is fantastic and I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years. "I'm going to keep working as hard as I have done since day one and keep improving every day in training to impress the manager," he said.

Coleman has missed the last three games through injury but has proved to be an increasingly useful addition on the right-hand side.

Having joined from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for just 60,000 ($97,008) he made his debut against Benfica in October that year and later went on loan to Blackpool in their promotion-winning year.

He was rewarded with a new three-year contract in May 2010 and signed an improved four-and-a-half-year deal in January 2011 in a season in which he made 24 Premier League starts, his best to date.

Manager David Moyes found a place for him on the right of midfield for many of those early first-team appearances but has since slotted him back into the side on the right of defense.

"He deserves it as he's worked really hard since the early days when we brought him in from Ireland," Moyes said of Coleman's contract.

"Seamus is one of the young boys. He is improving. He came as a right-back and we've used him wide right and he has got his chance to settle in and I feel I can use him in either position whenever needed," he said.

Coleman, currently out injured with a hamstring problem which has forced him to miss three matches, is looking forward to celebrating his new deal with a swift return to first-team action.

"It is never nice to miss games through injury," he told evertontv. "I've a little hamstring injury so hopefully I'll be back in the next couple of games."

Information from Press Association Sport was used in this report.




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