Coleman extends Goodison stay

Young Irish defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new four-year contract with Everton, having impressed during a loan spell with Championship play-off finalists Blackpool.

The 21-year-old right-back moved to Goodison Park in January 2008 from Sligo Rovers and made seven first-team appearances for the Toffees earlier this summer, before heading to Bloomfield Road.

Coleman has since scored once in 11 games for the Seasiders, helping Ian Holloway's side move to within a game of joining Everton in the Premier League.

Toffees manager David Moyes told the club's official website:"I think he's someone who has caught the imagination of a lot of the supporters.

"You've got to remember this is a boy we've taken from Ireland, we've paid £60,000 for him, we've brought him in and he's had very little of what I would call senior football. So we had to get him some games.

"He had a terrible injury in pre-season which kept him out and, if hadn't been for that, he might have had more games and he might have even been further along.

"But I think these games for Blackpool, at the level they're playing at, will do him no harm at all."

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