EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed that Zimbabwe-born Brendan Galloway will be offered a new contract at the English premiership side as reward for his impressive progress this season.
The 19-year-old has started four of the Blues first five Premier League games this season, filling in ably for the injured Leighton Baines. He signed a five-year deal when he moved from MK Dons in August 2014.
Martinez negotiations over a new deal for the defender were in the offing.
He said: “Brendan is like any other youngster at the football club, and we have very specific programs in terms of trying to fulfil their potential.
“It is fair to say that Brendan is ahead of that program, and he has surprised everybody in the manner he has faced the opportunity of playing in the first team.
“And we always say that when a player gets ahead of his program, we want to look into rewarding the player with a new contract.
“Everything is in stages, well-structured, but in the same way we put a lot of hopes and expectations on the shoulders of the players, we are the first to recognise and reward the players.
“It (a new contract) is just another step forward to where we feel Brendan is going to get.”
We always felt that Brendan had potential … Roberto Martinez