With professional football become more-and-more competitive, money ruling the roost and loyalty a thing of the past, Everton Football Club showed their class on Friday by announcing Seamus Coleman had signed a new five-year contract.
The Republic of Ireland international was hideously injured representing his country against Wales in March and, at 28 years old and with the serious nature of his leg break, there is no way of knowing if he will ever be the same player.
However, Coleman has revealed that Everton had agreed to offer him the new deal before he broke his leg – and stayed true to their word despite what happened after Neil Taylor’s lunging challenge.
With sentimentality and tradition eroding in football and fans having short memories, it is a distinguished touch by the Toffees to honour their agreement with the right-back.
One of the fans tweets after the contract extension was announced stated ‘that’s a proper football club’.
That's a proper football club.
— JohnMcDwyer (@JohnMcDwyer1) May 5, 2017
Supporters want to see the men running their team show honour, positive values and stay true to those that have served the cause – Everton fans have a reason to be proud of their club today.
While the Goodison Park side have displayed compassion and loyalty on this occasion, the Toffees have not always been bastions of virtue in recent times.
Both Tony Hibbert and Leon Osman, club legends given their long-term commitment to Everton, revealed that they were shown the door in acrimonious circumstances.
Servants of the Merseyside outfit, reports in the press stipulated that both found out second-hand through text messages from friends that they had been released by the Premier League side.
While there are surely two sides to every story, there is also no smoke without fire – but the Coleman deal shows that Everton’s owners deserve praise.
The Irishman has long been linked with a move to Manchester United and had he been of a different character, could have agitated for a switch to Old Trafford.
However, Coleman’s loyalty has been backed up by the club, in an example of an employer looking after one of their own.
As a neutral it is great to see Everton showing some values in a sport that’s soul has been decimated by the money men – hopefully Coleman can come back better than ever and vindicate the decision.