Barker signs first professional Everton contract

20 July 2023 - 3:37 pm

Everton U21 midfielder Owen Buck His first professional contract has been agreed, signing a two-year contract until June 2025.

Born in Bolton, the 18-year-old joined the Blues Academy at the age of 10 and made steady progress with an exciting prospect.

versatile, Buck Has proven he can play in any position up front and is also a well-rounded midfielder. He made 10 appearances for Leighton Baines’ U-18 team last season, contributing 4 goals and 4 assists.

He also made nine appearances for Paul Tait’s Under-21s, including minutes in each of the final three games of the season.

After signing the professional contract, Buck He told Everton TV: “I’m very happy with it and I can’t wait to get started. It’s everything I’ve wanted from joining the club, so I’m delighted.

“In my journey so far, I’ve really enjoyed Everton. I think the coaches have been fantastic since I’ve been here. I love being in training every day – I love it.

“I’d love to make my senior debut one day and run in front of the fans at Goodison Park, or obviously the new stadium. I can’t wait.”

This is a year of real development BuckThe teenager was keen to praise the role Baines and Tate played in helping him progress through the club and his successful promotion from the Under-18s to the Under-21s.

“I like to play at a higher level,” said Buck. “It’s a faster, more physically demanding game, so I have to get used to it as soon as possible. But I’m enjoying it so far.”

For the two coaches, Buck Added: “Leighton Baines is a great coach and I enjoyed working with him. He was very encouraging and always tried to make me a better player. He was always trying to help me Be in the right position and cause as much confusion as possible for the other teams.

“It’s the same with Paul Tate. He’s encouraging, disciplined, and just wants the best for you. I enjoyed working with him.”

Buck He does not intend to rest on his laurels, but has come to look forward to the progress he can make in the upcoming season, which some hope will impress men’s senior team boss Sean Dyche in the future. deep impression.

“I want to keep enjoying my football and keep impressing,” Buck explained. “But I also want to add more goals and assists to my game, while potentially training a few times with the senior team.

“I want to impress the right people so I can end up on the senior team.”