By Wayne Veysey

4th Jan, 2021 | 7:30am

Sources: Everton 26-yr-old has played his last game for club after big development

Matthew Pennington will leave Everton for good this summer after sealing the latest in a series of loan moves, Football Insider has learned.

The defender, 26, has spent most of the last four seasons out on loan and completed a temporary switch to Shrewsbury Town over the weekend.

An Everton source has told Football Insider that the club have no plans to offer Pennington a new contract and he will leave Goodison Park permanently this summer.

His contract expires at the end of the campaign and he is way down the pecking order at his parent club.

Carlo Ancelotti does not regard Pennington as capable of breaking into the Everton first-team squad at a time when competition for places is fiercer than for many years.

The centre-back, who can also play at right-back, spent the first half of this season playing as an over-age player for the club’s Under-23s.

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He has made just nine appearances for Everton since graduating from their youth ranks and has not played for the first team since April 2017.

Pennington spent the previous three seasons out on loan in the Championship at Hull City in 2019-20, Ipswich Town in 2018-19 and Leeds United in 2017-18.

Pennington has also headed out of Everton temporarily to play for Coventry City, Tranmere Rovers and Walsall.

The senior defender struggled for game time during some of his loan spells and has now dropped down two divisions to League One.

In other news, Everton have opened talks over January signing of 42-times international.