John Stones Signs Extension with Everton: Latest Contract Details and Analysis

Stuart NewmanFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01: John Stones of Everton applauds the supporters following during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at Britannia Stadium on January 01, 2014 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Everton defender John Stones ended speculation about his future with the club on Thursday, penning a new five-year deal at Goodison Park.   

Everton’s official Twitter feed shared the news:

Though previously linked with Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea and Arsenal—according to James Phillips of Metro—the 20-year-old has pledged his future to Merseyside and will remain in blue until 2019.

Signed as a relative unknown from Barnsley in January 2013, Stones’ stock rose considerably in a coming-of-age campaign last term.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 11: John Stones of Everton goes past Ricky van Wolfswinkel of Norwich City during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Norwich City at Goodison Park on January 11, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Chris
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The Englishman made 21 Premier League appearances last season, with his versatile nature making him an important asset for Roberto Martinez as the club chased a place in the Champions League.

He certainly impressed during that time, too, showing just how solid he can be at both the heart of defence and at right-back with a string of impressive performances, per

Such brilliance warranted a call-up to the senior England squad for Stones, who made the standby list of Roy Hodgson’s World Cup squad in Brazil.

While there are those that will argue that Stones isn’t quite ready for international duty, he certainly will be in the not-too-distant future if his progression continues at such an astounding rate.

READING, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 05: John Stones of England during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championships Qualifier between England U21 and Moldova U21 at The Madejski Stadium on September 05, 2013 in Reading, England, (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Imag
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That’s something that winger Steven Pienaar agrees with, too, saying that his colleague will be a mainstay in the England side in years to come, via Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail:

Stonesy is totally different compared to other English central defenders. He's more of a ball player who is really comfortable in possession. It suits the manager and it's good for the team. I can understand why England put their hopes on him. He's certainly got a bright future and he's got a good head on his shoulders. I hope to see many more years of him playing at the top level for Everton and his country.

While Stones’ new, lucrative contract means that Everton will part with £30,000 per week for the defender’s services, per Gaughan, it’s another smart piece of business from the club.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 20:  John Stones of Everton and Wayne Rooney of Manchester United compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Manchester United at Goodison Park on April 20, 2014 in Liverpool, England.  (Ph
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Having tied down Ross Barkley to a long-term deal and brought Romelu Lukaku to Goodison Park on a permanent basis this summer, it’s an exciting time to be a Toffee ahead of the upcoming campaign.

Especially for Stones, who has a big chance to become a Premier League regular under Martinez in 2014/15. And while that means keeping one of Sylvain Distin or Phil Jagielka out of the side, the youngster certainly has it in him to do just that.