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Ashley Young sings new one-year deal with Everton

The former England international has extended his stay at Goodison Park.

Everton's Ashley Young

Everton defender Ashley Young has extended his stay at the club after signing a new one-year deal.

The 38-year-old will remain at Goodison Park until the summer of 2025 and once again be available to help Sean Dyche’s side in the Premier League.

Young was the head coach’s first signing when he arrived in 2023 and the club’s oldest-ever debutant at 38 years and 34 days.

He made 34 appearances in all competitions last term and is a 39-cap international.

The versatile athlete is a key part of the squad and his leadership and experience have been key in troubling times for the club.

Young says it was a “no-brainer” to sign the deal and described the dressing room atmosphere as the best he has experienced.

Speaking to evertontv, he said: “I spoke to the manager before the end of the season.

“He asked me what I wanted to do, if I wanted to stay, and straight away I said yes because I loved my time here. Kevin [Thelwell] was the same.

“The size of the Club, the staff, the players and, of course, the fans, who have been excellent… I loved my time here last season. We had ups and downs but I can see how big the Club is and where the Club wants to get to.

“I’d put it up there with the best dressing rooms I’ve been in, with the best team spirit.

“There’s a bond there. You can tell players have been here for a while, players who have played under the manager, players who know the Club – just a real togetherness. Everybody is so close-knit, not just players but staff, as well.

“I’d already said about two months into the season that if there was an opportunity to stay for longer then I definitely would because it’s a tremendous place to be.”

Dyche added: “We’re pleased to have secured Ashley’s future for next season.

“His qualities – both on and off the pitch – meant he was an important figure for us.

“He’s someone I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for many years and his depth of experience, leadership and versatility will undoubtedly help us again heading into next season.”

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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