Everton youngster Jarrad Branthwaite signs new three-and-a-half-year contract with the option of an extra 12 months… as teenage defender praises ‘brilliant’ boss Rafa Benitez
- Everton signed Jarrad Branthwaite from Carlisle in January last year
- New deal will keep teenager at Goodison Park until the end of 2024-25 season
- Branthwaite has been a regular in Rafa Benitez’s squad so far this season
- Teenage defender played four Premier League games last season for the Toffees
Jarrad Branthwaite has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to remain at Everton, the club announced on Saturday.
Under the terms of the new deal, the 19-year-old defender will remain at Goodison Park until the end of the 2024-25 season and the club has the option to extend the contract by a further 12 months.
Signed from League Two club Carlisle United in January last year, Branthwaite made his Premier League six months later and has been a regular in Rafa Benitez’s senior squad this season.
Jarrad Branthwaite has signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract to remain at Everton
The teenager started the Carabao Cup win at Huddersfield Town in August and is determined to add to the four Premier League appearances he collected last season.
However, he faces fierce competition for a starting spot from the likes of Ben Godfrey, Michael Keane, Mason Holgate and Yerry Mina.
‘I am buzzing to get the deal done and commit my future to the club,’ Branthwaite told Everton’s in-house channel.
The 19-year-old defender has credited Rafa Benitez for helping him develop his game
Branthwaite faces fierce competition for a spot in Everton’s starting XI
‘The way Everton have treated me and the pathway I can see are why I was eager to stay longer.
‘The games I’ve had show there is a place for me in the side. Playing for Everton’s first team is a massive honour. I want more so I have to prove I am good enough to be there and keep progressing.’
Branthwaite, who played 14 matches for Carlisle before moving to Everton, spent the second half of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
The teenager impressed during a loan spell with Blackburn Rovers last season
He played 10 times in the Championship, before an ankle injury curtailed his campaign and his recovery period coincided with Benitez’s first pre-season at the club.
‘The manager is very good with me,’ he added.
‘Every day, he is talking to me, helping me with what I need to develop, doing little things after training. […] He has been brilliant.’
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