Duffy signs contract extension at Everton

Republic of Ireland U-21 defender Shane Duffy yesterday signed a three-year contract extension with Premier League Everton.

Republic of Ireland U-21 defender Shane Duffy yesterday signed a three-year contract extension with Premier League Everton.

The 20-year-old, who had nine months left on his initial contract, put pen to paper on the new deal after training at Finch Farm and is now expected to go out on a month-to-month loan, with a number of leading Championship clubs believed to be heading the queue fir his signature.

The Derry native was suspended for Ireland U-21’s fine 4-2 win over Italy on Monday night in Casarano in their final outing of their ultimately unsuccessful Uefa Championships qualifying campaign.

Duffy, who has spent time previously on loan at Burnley and Scunthorpe from Everton, was part of Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad for February’s international friendly against Czech Republic but still awaits his senior bow.

The former Maiden City Academy player, who first represented Everton in the Uefa Europa League in 2009 against FC Bate Borisov from Belarus, made his Premier League team debut for the Merseyside club in January in a 2-0 loss away to Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

“It took a couple of weeks but David Moyes told Shane on Tuesday they were good to go and all the necessary paperwork had been drawn up,” said Shane’s father Brian, a native of Letterkenny.

“It’s great news to see Shane get the contract and he’s delighted. It’s peace of mind for him and he can concentrate on playing football now, whether that is with Everton or most likely for the time being, out on loan.

“It will work on a month-to-month basis, as Shane is still under 21, so in that respect he will get plenty of experience and if Everton need him back, it won’t be hard to do.”