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Tim Howard Signs New Deal to Stay at Everton Until 2018

Everton/ Twitter/ @Everton

Everton/ Twitter/ @Everton

Tim Howard has been at Everton since 2006. On Thursday, he signed anew deal that will keep him at Everton until at least 2018.

Howard currently ranks 22nd on Everton’s all-time appearance list, and another four years at Goodison Park should ensure that he joins the ranks of Everton’s most loyal servants. Howard is likely to have the opportunity to reach the prestigious 500 appearance mark which is a feat only achieved by three players in Everton’s long history.

As Everton embarks on their final assault for a top four finish with just four games of the current season remaining, Howard has been provided with the deserved boost of a two year extension to his existing deal – ensuring he will remain with the team at least until the age of 39. 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez had this to say about Howard:

“It is fair to say that being a goalkeeper is not like being an outfield player. It is a sport within a sport. Tim is a very fit 35-year-old and as a goalkeeper you probably develop the best years of your career in your 30s because you can anticipate things, dominate your area and control the players in front of you. It is a very good age for Tim and I know he will play on beyond 40. He is a fit man and at the peak of his powers. He has been vital to our overall achievements. It’s not just about his performances. He is the perfect role model for our football club. We have a good group who can follow that sort of example, and that is why it’s so significant he has agreed to stay with Everton for a long, long period.”

This is a good move by the Blues in my opinion. He has been solid for them in his time there the past eight years. Some goalkeepers only get better with age and I can see Howard being one of them.

Chris Blakely writes for Stoppage Time Soccer. You can follow him on Twitter @TheRealCBlakely.

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