Belfast Telegraph

UK Website Of The Year

Garbutt heads to Craven Cottage

Published 25/07/2015

Everton's Luke Garbutt has joined Fulham on loan
Everton's Luke Garbutt has joined Fulham on loan

Fulham have signed Everton defender Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old full-back penned a new five-year deal with Everton last month but will now seek first-team experience with the Championship side.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanted the former Leeds academy man to go out and further himself and has managed to secure a deal with Kit Symons' Cottagers.

"Luke is ready to go on loan and gain playing time and experience which will further help his development and, ultimately, help him to fulfil his potential," Martinez told his club's official website.

"He has all the talent in the world with his cultured left foot and he will shine and be a massive asset in the Fulham team and in their dressing room.

"This was always the plan for Luke after he impressed last season and regular, competitive football is the next step in his development. In his position, he is one of the most talented young players in England."

Garbutt made his Premier League debut in April 2014 and featured 10 times for the Toffees last season.

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph