Seamus Coleman After Penning a New Five-Year Contract Extension.


Everton Player of the Season Seamus Coleman has credited Roberto Martinez for helping him hit top form after following in his manager's footsteps by penning a new five-year deal at Goodison Park.

The full-back agreed revised terms earlier this week, committing his future to the Club until the summer of 2019.

Martinez himself penned a fresh contract earlier this month and asked how important a factor the Spaniard had been in his decision to extend his stay on Merseyside, Coleman said: "Massive. I think a lot of people will realise that last year he had a big part to play [in my form].

"The previous manager was brilliant with me and Roberto's come in and believed in me as well. He's been brilliant for me, and it was a big reason to sign - how respected he is by all the players.

"He is the type of manager who gives you confidence every week and I really enjoyed the confidence he was giving me last season. It allowed me to show my best performances really.

"But I'm not reflecting too much on last season. I'm more thinking about this season coming up now and getting ready to go again and trying to do as well again."

Word of Coleman's new contract hushed months of media speculation surrounding his future - though the 25-year-old insists it never crossed his mind to move on from Goodison Park.

Now the Republic of Ireland international is focused firmly on the future and hopes to help the Club realise its top-four dream after narrowly falling short last term.

He said: "You hear rumours and obviously your friends and so on read about it, but that's the game we're in - it's full of speculation. I never thought about anything else but staying and I'm happy to sign the new contract. More than happy.

"We just missed out on the Champions League last season and I think every season you want to do a little bit better than you did in the previous one. One better than last year would mean Champions League football.

"Obviously we've got Europa League as well, which will be a good experience for the players, and hopefully we can do well in that.

"Personally, if I can just keep my standards high, train hard and hopefully play on a matchday, then it will all be going to plan."







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