Talented young striker Shayne Lavery has signed his first professional contract with Everton and the one-year deal was announced on the Toffees website on Friday.

Having initially been with Portadown and Glenavon in Northern Ireland, the 18-year-old forward has completed a two-year scholarship in the Merseyside outfit’s academy and he has now put pen-to-paper on a pro deal.

Lavery has been a regular in the Everton under-18 side in the last couple of seasons and the natural progression will be for him to nail down a place in the Under-23 squad and beyond.

The youngster was delighted to sign his deal.

“The pro contract is something I’ve always wanted, so it’s a dream come true,” he told the club website.

“As soon as I came here, it’s all I’ve been working towards.

“From when I came over here for a trial at 16, Everton has turned out to be all that I hoped it would. It’s a family club and a great place to be, especially with the pedigree of bringing through youth players.

“I’m going into my third year with the Club and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“I had a hamstring injury at the end of last season so I will be in over the summer to work on my fitness. Now the aim is to stay fit, have a good pre-season and hopefully try to get a starting place in the Under-23s squad.”

Lavery will seek to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Tom Davies and Ross Barkley who came through the Everton academy to become first-team regulars at Goodison Park.

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