Everton trio pen new deals

Everton have have received a welcome boost with the news that Gareth Barry, Leighton Baines and Mason Holgate have all penned contract extensions with the club.

Veteran Barry has signed until June 2018, while left-back Baines will stay at the club until June 2019. The 20-year-old Holgate will stay until at least 2021.

Toffees manager Ronald Koeman believes the trio have plenty to offer in their own capacity.

He told the club's official website: "With Leighton, his attitude is always perfect. He likes to work hard, he likes to learn, he is a technical player with a good view of the game.

"Gareth Barry is a clever player on the pitch. Only Ryan Giggs has played more games in the Premier League and let's hope he will smash every record. He's a quiet person but a strong character.

"Mason is one of the big talents at the club. Of course, he started playing this season and did a great job. He can play out of different positions in the team defensively."

Central midfielder Barry has 609 Premier League appearances in his career, while full-back Baines is in his 10th season with Everton.

Meanwhile, the versatile Holgate made his senior debut for the Toffees on the opening day of the season against Tottenham Hotspur.

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