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New Everton deal for Ryan

 
Created on 04/07/2021 @ 10:25

 

Llanfair Caereinion footballer Ryan Astley has signed a new and improved two-year deal with Everton.

The 19-year-old has come through the club’s academy and last month was name their U23 player-of-the-season following another solid season in defence.

Astley’s impressive progress was underlined with a maiden call-up for the Wales Under-21 squad last October and the talented centre-back paid tribute to the support he has received throughout his time at Everton’s Academy.

“I’m so happy the Club has put the trust in me to give me this new contract,” Astley told evertonfc.com. “Hopefully I can keep showing my quality on the pitch. The people around the Club are great to listen to if you want to learn. All of them have got great experience.

“David Unsworth has been huge for me. He was a great defender and, as our Under-23s manager, he’s been an important influence. 

“Also, Leighton Baines, since he has come in, has been a big positive. I take in as much from him as I can.

“You look at the career he had and the consistency he showed, anything you can take from him is a plus. He’s a very good coach.

“I just want to keep improving as much as I can, push on and see the levels I can reach.”

Astley made his Everton Under-23s debut as a 16-year-old back in March 2018.

He has since established himself as a key figure in Unsworth’s side and outlined how his communication skills and leadership qualities have progressed in recent years.

Astley also declared his ambition to step up to train regularly with the Everton First Team in 2021/22. 


 

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