Shannon still has Everton dream

Former Everton youngster Oliver Shannon has revealed that he still has ambitions of turning out for the Toffees despite his early release from the Merseyside club.

Shannon was on Everton’s books between the ages of five and 18, but left the club after failing to win a professional contract.

The midfielder, who is now 22 years old, has spent the last three years playing for College team Clemson Tigers in South Carolina.

Shannon was selected by Atalanta United in January’s Major League Soccer SuperDraft, however, where he will play under former Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino.

Despite his big break arriving in the United States, the midfielder has revealed that his ‘dream’ is to return to Everton at some point in the future.

Shannon told the Liverpool Echo:

“My highlight in America so far is definitely graduation. My dream job in the future would be a sporting director or general manager – over here or back home – or something where you can combine scouting with the commercial role.

“But for now, I’m single and can definitely see myself coming back. I would like to return and play and as high as I could. The dream is obviously still to play for Everton. Whether I do that or not remains to be seen.”

Everton, who have recently been linked with a shock move for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, are back in action at home to Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

The Toffees are currently on a run of three defeats in their last four Premier League matches.