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Northern Ireland teenager Shayne Lavery signs for Everton

An 18-year-old from Northern Ireland has signed a one year professional contract with Everton.

Formerly of Portadown and Glenavon, Northern Ireland youth international Shayne Lavery joined the Blues in 2015 and has just completed a two-year scholarship with the Club.

Lavery has been a regular fixture with the Club’s Under-18s side over the past two years and is now targeting progression by establishing a place in David Unsworth’s Under-23s squad.

He said: “The pro contract is something I’ve always wanted, so it’s a dream come true. As soon as I came here, it’s all I’ve been working towards.

“From when I came over here for a trial at 16, Everton has turned out to be all that I hoped it would. It’s a family club and a great place to be, especially with the pedigree of bringing through youth players.

“I’m going into my third year with the Club and I can’t imagine being anywhere else.

“I had a hamstring injury at the end of last season so I will be in over the summer to work on my fitness. Now the aim is to stay fit, have a good pre-season and hopefully try to get a starting place in the Under-23s squad.”

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