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Defender Seamus Coleman signs new deal at Everton

Seamus Coleman
Coleman has been on loan at Blackpool

Defender Seamus Coleman has agreed a new four-year contract with Everton.

The Republic of Ireland U-21 right-back made his Toffees debut in October at Benfica before playing his first Premier League match three days later.

The 21-year-old played seven times before being loaned to Championship side Blackpool and will return after their play-off final at the weekend.

Everton manager David Moyes told the club's website: "He has caught the imagination of a lot of supporters."

Coleman arrived at Goodison Park from League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in January 2008.

Moyes added: "You've got to remember this is a boy we've taken from Ireland. 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 it 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."

The defender's last game for the Seasiders will be the play-off final against Cardiff at Wembley on Saturday with the formalities of his new contract concluded on Monday.

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Benfica 5-0 Everton
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