By Amir Mir

Liam Walsh has signed a new contract with Everton which keeps him at the club until June 2019, it was confirmed on Friday afternoon.

The club’s official website announced that midfielder Walsh, who first joined the club aged five, has agreed to sign a new deal with Ronald Koeman’s side.

Walsh, 18 i,s regarded as one of the hottest prospects to come out of the Merseyside club’s academy in recent years, which is dubbed ‘The School of Science’.

The technically gifted midfielder has been a regular for Under-23 manager David Unsworth, as he now aims to follow in the footsteps of first-team regular and academy product Ross Barkley.

The England Under-18 international expressed his delight after penning the new contract.

“I am made up,” Walsh told the official Everton website. “Since I signed my first contract it’s what I’ve wanted. It’s the club I want to be at and the club I want to play for.

“With the new manager coming in and giving me the contract straight away it shows that he has got a bit of belief in me and I want to prove him right.

“I have a lot to thank Unsy (Unsworth) for as well, I have worked with him a lot and he has made me work very hard and that is what you need to get new contracts. A lot of other staff through the Academy have helped me along the way and I am thankful to them all.”

Walsh has spent some time with the first-team squad this term, as Koeman allowed the youngster to be a part of the club’s pre-season and the opening weeks of the season at Finch Farm.

Walsh is yet to make his first-team bow for the Merseyside club, but he did make 17 appearances for League Two outfit Yeovil Town last season, where he assisted two goals and scored one.

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