Everton wing wizard Seamus Coleman has been rewarded for his sensational performances of late with a four-and-a-half-year contract extension, extending his stay at Goodison Park until 2015.
Coleman is also reportedly on a new wage packet from the contract, earning up to £25,000 a week. Coleman, having broke the first team for the first time this season, has played in an unfamiliar role on the right-wing, altering his original position of right-back. The situation is most similar to that of Gareth Bale’s, – he was a left-back who’s evolved as one of the world’s best left wingers as of September.
Coleman signed for the Toffee’s in January 2009 from Irish side Sligo Rovers for a fee of €60,000, a deal which seems a bargain these days.
Having progressed steadily at Goodison Park over the last few months, Coleman now finds himself starting most matches for Everton and has even chipped in with the odd goal or two. He recently starred in the Premier League clash against Tottenham, often catching Assou-Ekotto out of defence and has been one of the few shining lights for Everton during their rather lethargic season.
“My aim was to keep impressing after every contract and this new one proves that I’ve been doing well,” Coleman said yesterday. “I just want to keep going now.
“When I came over first, it was a two-year contract, and I treated it as a trial. I got a new one while I was at Blackpool, and to get another one so quickly was a surprise because that’s three in a short space of time.
It was no surprise Moyes had offered the young star a contract extension and when asked recently Moyes made the point that:
“It is really important news for the Club,” said Moyes. “Seamus already had a contract but we thought he had done well and he deserved a new one. It is what Everton do – we reward people who do well.