By Alex Stevens
Kieran Dowell has become the second youngster to sign a contract with Everton following the appointment of new manager Ronald Koeman.
The Merseysiders announced on their official Twitter account on Thursday afternoon that midfield starlet Dowell had penned a three-year deal with the club.
The 18-year-old midfield starlet has agreed a revised contract that will keep him with the club until the summer of 2019.
This comes after Everton announced earlier in the week that they had signed goalkeeper Chris Renshaw, also 18, from League One club Oldham.
Dowell, who made his Premier League debut against Bournemouth less than two months ago, has been congratulated by chairman Bill Kenwright and majority investor Farhad Moshiri.
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The Ormskirk-raised teenager told the official Everton website: “It’s a huge day for me and I’m delighted. I found out it might happen at the end of the season, then I’ve come back from a holiday and it was all ready to be sorted.
“You could say it’s just the beginning. All the work you put in during your time with the Academy is towards getting your first professional contract, but this really makes me feel like part of the team.”
Dowell joined the club’s youth system aged seven and made his senior bow in a Europa League game against FC Krasnodar in December 2014.
He was a star for David Unsworth’s Under-21s in 2015-16, netting 11 goals despite missing much of the first half of the campaign due to an ankle ligament injury.
B=Kenwright added: “I’m really pleased for Kieran and for Everton. This contract demonstrates not only his great potential but also the quality of David Unsworth and our Academy coaches.
“Like every Evertonian, myself, Farhad and the Board are hugely excited with the talent we’ve got coming through at Finch Farm. Good luck Kieran in what I’m sure will be a terrific career.”
In other Everton news, West Ham have stepped up their pursuit of a Toffees target.