Everton manager Marco Silva has received a timely boost with the news that goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg has extended his stay at Goodison Park, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Netherlands international arrived on Merseyside from Fulham in July 2016, when he put pen to paper on a three-year deal, the last 12 months of which was to cover the upcoming season.
He will now remain at the club for at least another year though, having extended his current terms until 2020, as he bids to win back his place in the Everton first team.
The former Ajax, Fulham and Southampton man has featured in all of the pre-season friendlies for the Goodison outfit so far, but Jordan Pickford is expected to be back between the sticks when the Toffees kick off their Premier League campaign at Wolverhampton Wanderers next month.
The England international remains on an extended holiday after his exploits at the World Cup, which has given Stekelenburg the opportunity to showcase his talents in the Everton side over the last few weeks.
There has been a good deal of speculation over the future of Pickford on Merseyside in recent times, and were he to move on it could be that the Dutchman reclaims his spot between the sticks for the Toffees in the season which is about to get underway.
Were he to do that, he would get the chance to add to the 24 competitive matches he has currently played for Everton, in a spell in which it has to be said he has failed to really nail down a regular place in the side.
The new deal that ensures Stekelenburg remains at Goodison will be bad news for French side Lille, who were displaying an interest in signing him should the Dutch star have become available, but with Silva looking for three good goalkeepers in his squad there was little chance of him allowing his veteran stopper to leave.