Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines and Mason Holgate have handed Everton fans an early Christmas present by agreeing new deals at the Merseyside club, as per the club’s official website.
The news is sure to delight manager Ronald Koeman, with the players extending their stay until 2017, 2019 and 2021 respectively.
— Everton (@Everton) December 16, 2016
At 35, this deal could represent ex-England international Barry’s final 12 months as a footballer before he calls time on an impressive domestic career.
Only Ryan Giggs (632) has clocked up more Premier League appearances than the 609 recorded by the former Manchester City and Aston Villa man.
Current Three Lions star Baines is another ageing player, but the 32-year-old is still the first-choice left-back at the club and his three-year extension exemplifies this.
The former Wigan Athletic star has become synonymous with Everton since crossing the North West 10 years ago.
Tenacious, hard-working and with a predatory instinct from dead-ball situations, Baines is exactly the type of player the Toffees fans welcome with open arms.
With the Goodison Park faithful warming so affectionately to one full-back, the announcement of these deals surely shows the promise of another.
Mason Holgate has slowly integrated his way into the first-team setup at the club since arriving from Barnsley for £2 million in 2015.
Capable of playing at both right-back and in the heart of the defence, the England U21 defender is an exciting prospect who will now be plying his trade on Merseyside for the next five years.
This deal will be especially pleasing to Koeman giving the constant speculation about the young talent currently at the club.
Both Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley are being constantly mooted with moves to rival Premier League clubs, so the tying down of a key young player will be greeted by positivity from the stands.
Everton have struggled in recent weeks but picked up a fantastic 2-1 win over high-flying Arsenal on Wednesday night.
That result, coupled with this announcement, should provide a huge boost to morale as the Christmas fixture list hots up over the next few weeks.