Everton fullback Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League club that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2022.
The 28-year-old is recovering from a long-term injury, having suffered a double leg break while playing for the Republic of Ireland against Wales in a World Cup qualifier in March.
“I’m delighted to get this signed,” Coleman told evertonfc.com.
“Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break but unfortunately I got the injury.
“The chairman (Bill Kenwright) messaged me the night of my injury and said, ‘Don’t worry about it because when you come back this contract is still waiting for you’.
“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract.”
Coleman has had his cast removed and is walking with the aid of crutches but is not rushing his rehabilitation.
“It’s a case of not doing too much too soon – it’s just baby steps at the moment – but I am getting on well so far,” he said.
“I’m doing exercise every day, so the recovery has well and truly started. I’m really looking forward to putting on that Blue shirt again.”
Coleman has made 247 appearances for Everton in eight years at the club, scoring 24 goals.