James McCarthy finally commits his future to Everton
After months of speculation linking him with a move away from Everton, James McCarthy has finally committed his future to the club by signing a new five-year contract.
With Tottenham being heavily linked with a move to sign the 24-year-old midfielder throughout 2015, it seemed as if McCarthy and his advisers were pulling a few strings to try and orchestrate a move away from Goodison Park.
Yet confirmation that agreement had been reached on a deal that will keep McCarthy at Everton until 2015 arrived on Thursday afternoon.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez suggested the player he took with him from Wigan to Everton was ready to emerge as a star after securing his future.
“When you are trying to shape a squad, the new faces are always important, but it’s vital to be able to build also on the continuity of top performers at the club and James represents that," said Martinez.
“That vital element of continuity in the squad is a great boost for the club, with James committing to a new, long-term contract.
“He has gone from strength to strength since his arrival here at the club and he’s still a young man whom we want to see grow and continue to help the team to achieve success.
“At the age of 24, he’s already contributed immensely towards the team these past two seasons and the fact that the best years of his career lie ahead of him is something that is tremendously exciting for the team and for the fans.”
Irish soccer lovers will hope McCarthy's security at Everton will help him to perform a little better an international level, as his career in a green shirt has yet to take off five years after he made his debut.