By Matt Bullin

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has signed a new five-year contract at the club, it was announced on Friday.

The official Everton website revealed that the 28-year-old has penned extended terms even though he is currently injured after suffering a double leg fracture whilst playing in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in March.

The deal ties the right-back to Goodison Park until the summer of 2022, and had been agreed before he suffered the horrific injury.

Coleman signed for the Toffees back in 2009 for just £60,000 when he made the move from Sligo Rovers.

Since then Coleman has become the first choice right-back at the club and had made 247 appearances in all competitions, scoring 24 goals and providing 24 assists.

“I’m delighted to get this signed,” Coleman told evertonfc.com. “I’ve been here for a long time and it’s a special club that means a lot to me.

“This was an important contract. I’m at a good age now and I think the club are showing good ambition and going in the right direction, so it’s really exciting.

“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract.”

Prior to his injury Coleman had been a mainstay of the Everton back four this season, making 28 league and cup appearances, scoring four goals and supplying four assists.

Everton currently sit seventh in the Premier League, two points behind Arsenal in sixth, having played two more games.

In other Everton news, this striker was seen in animated talks with a Chelsea club director.

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