Defender Seamus Coleman signs new long-term deal with Everton

Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Everton.

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 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. 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 defence.

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