Former Plymouth Argyle Apprentice Dan Gosling has confirmed that he has been offered a contract extension by Everton – but is in no rush to put pen to paper at Goodison Park.
The England youth international joined the Toffees from the Pilgrims in January 2008 and has continued to enhance his reputation on Merseyside.
Now an integral part of David Moyes’s squad, thanks in part to injuries to senior players, the teenager hasn’t looked back and played his part in Everton’s route to the FA Cup Final when hitting an extra-time winner against local rivals Liverpool in the fourth-round.
Happy at Goodison Park he is keen to stay with the Club, although he insists there is no rush to sign the new deal.
“I have another season to go on my contract and have been offered an extension.”
“Everything seems fine with it and there’s plenty of time on my side. It’s just a question of when I do sign it but I’m more than happy to see things through. This is a top-five Club in the Premier League and there’s no other Club I’d rather be at.”
Still only 19 years old, Gosling recognises the difficulties that face young English players coming through the system at top Premier League Clubs.
“This is a great place for kids,” he explained. “It’s harder at the top four Clubs with all their money, because they tend to just go out and buy the top foreign players. Here the gaffer gives you a chance and I’m very grateful for that.”
“With the squad size and money here, he has to look at youth and the lads who’ve come through here have done him proud.”
“That was certainly a major factor in coming here because I knew I would get a chance – and I have.”