“Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this.”
Everton captain Seamus Coleman has signed a new contract that ties him to the club until 2023, the Premier League side announced on Wednesday.
Republic of Ireland captain Coleman, who has been at Goodison Park since 2009 and played 350 times for the club, made 18 Premier League starts last season.
Seamus Coleman signs a contract extension with Everton.
“Discussions with Marcel (Brands, the Director of Football), the Board and the manager were straightforward,” Coleman, 32, told Everton TV.
“It’s not something that I just wanted to be given. I worked very hard last season and thought I did quite well in the games that I played in.
“Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this. I’m very thankful to Marcel, the manager, the Chairman and the Board to get this done.”
“Seamus Coleman… True hero…True blue.”
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright also praised Coleman.
“Since his man-of-the-match performance on his Premier League debut almost 12 years ago, he has displayed all the qualities Evertonians love – skill, passion, determination, and an unrelenting desire to win and to be the best.
“A loyal, universally respected leader who has worn our shirt with pride no less than 350 times and on every single occasion has given his all – just as he does every day in training and when he represents us in the community.
“It takes a lot to become thought of as a legend at Everton – but Seamus is right up there with the very best…and knowing Seamus, I’m sure there’s even more to come…
“Seamus Coleman… True hero…True blue. I’m proud to know him and to be his Chairman.”
Everton ended the 2020-21 season 10th in the Premier League with 59 points.
They lost coach Carlo Ancelotti to Real Madrid in the close season, but have since replaced him with former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez, who won the Champions League during his spell at Anfield.
The Blues start their 2021-22 campaign at home to Southampton on Aug 14.