By Matt Bullin

Louis Gray has put pen-to-paper on a one-year contract extension at Everton, it has been confirmed.

The 21-year-old goalkeeper spent much of the 2016-17 season on the sidelines with a back injury, but the Toffees have granted him a chance to impress next term.

Everton confirmed the news on their official website and on their official Twitter account on Friday morning.

Gray arrived at Goodison Park in the summer of 2015 in a switch from his boyhood club Wrexham.

He has since played for the club’s Under-23 outfit twice, and he kept a clean sheet on both occasions.

The Welshman was an unused substitute for the Under-23s on ten occasions last term prior to picking up his season-ending injury.

Football Insider verdict

Gray has been handed a lifeline by Everton. Since he joined the club from Wrexham in 2015 he has failed to make much of an impact, as illustrated by his low appearance tally. He has been expected to kick-on in the 2016-17 campaign, but his back injury robbed him of that chance. The Merseysiders have just signed Jordan Pickford for £30million, so a chance between the sticks for the first XI looks some way off, but next season he will hope to cement a regular starting place for the Under-23s. A loan deal could be the ideal solution for Gray to earn senior appearances.

In other Everton transfer news, Koeman is close to securing a deal for this 24-year-old defender.

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