Seamus Coleman signs one-year extension with Everton

Ireland and Everton player Seamus Coleman

Ireland and Everton player Seamus Coleman Credit: Michael P Ryan (ETPhotos)

Everton captain Seamus Coleman will play in the club’s final season at Goodison Park after signing a new one-year contract, keeping him at the club until June 2025. This marks his 16th season with the Toffees.

The 35-year-old defender, who joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 for £60,000, has been a key player for the club.Coleman holds the record for the most Premier League appearances for Everton (364) and is 13th on the club’s all-time list with 422 matches in all competitions.

Reflecting on his new contract, Coleman said, “Everyone knows what Everton means to me, and I’m very proud and honoured to sign a new contract and to keep playing for this special club in the best league in the world. I give it my all for the Football Club and I’m just really happy to extend my time here. I’m going to cherish and enjoy every moment.”

Coleman has been Everton's captain since 2019, leading the team 133 times. His leadership and passion have earned him widespread respect across football. He has also captained the Republic of Ireland, earning 72 caps since his debut in 2011.

Regarding the upcoming season, Coleman expressed his excitement about playing in Goodison Park’s final season.

“It’s hard to believe it’s going to be our last season at Goodison, such a special place to me and every Evertonian. Of course, I want to be part of that. I still feel I can do a job for this football club on and off the pitch. This being our last season at Goodison is a nice way to go into the campaign but I wouldn’t have signed the contract if I didn’t feel capable of contributing to the team.”

Everton manager Sean Dyche praised Coleman’s commitment and influence, stating, “From the day I became Everton manager, Seamus has been a great example to his teammates and staff on what it means to play for the Club. He is a model professional and helps set standards, and his leadership is rightly admired by everyone. His vast experience and know-how on the pitch will continue to be valuable qualities for us in the season ahead.”

Everton Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, added, “Everyone knows what Everton means to Seamus and, in turn, what Seamus means to Evertonians so we are delighted he has decided to be part of what will be a momentous last season at Goodison Park for the Club. Seamus is rightly held in high esteem across football for the leader and person he is. His experience and influence will continue to prove invaluable to Sean, his coaching staff and our squad both on and off the pitch.”

Coleman’s debut for Everton came in October 2009 in a Europa League match against Benfica. He had a brief loan spell at Blackpool, where he helped the team gain promotion to the Premier League, before scoring his first goal for Everton against Brentford in 2010. He signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract in December 2012 and has since become one of the Premier League’s finest right-backs.

Looking back on his career, Coleman said, “I’ve said this a few times – it feels like a little bit of the old Everton has come back with the old-school principles and the demands on each other. You saw the progress we made last season as a result. Massive credit has to go to the manager for that. The challenges this squad has faced have brought a real togetherness. It was something I enjoyed being part of and something we can definitely use going into the new season to move forward.”

Coleman concluded, “I’m just really looking forward to joining up with the squad and doing all I can again for Everton.”