Anthony Gordon believes his hard work earned him a new five-year deal at Everton.
The promising midfielder put pen to paper on a contract that will keep him at Goodison Park until 2025.
Gordon, 19, made his full debut for the Toffees in June's Merseyside derby under Carlo Ancelotti and he featured eight more times last season.
And Everton have moved swiftly to secure his services and reward him for his promotion into the first team.
Gordon said: “I am delighted to sign and it is a big reward for my hard work.
“The contract shows the club’s faith in me and how much confidence they have in me and that is going to come out in my performances on the pitch.
“Everton is looking like it is on the up.
“We are coming together as players, staff and fans.
“We have new things to be excited about, such as the new manager, Marcel [Brands] is a great director [of football] and we have the new stadium to look forward to.”
Gordon joined the club aged 11 and has progressed through the youth ranks at their Finch Farm training base.
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He joins Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate in signing new long-term contracts at the club in recent months.
Everton have made it clear they want to hold on to their young talent while bringing in new faces as well.
Gordon added: “That is another thing we can be excited about, we have really good young players as part of our squad.
“Hopefully, we can grow and progress together and get that bit of experience where we can go and do something.
“Not just push for silverware but get there and win trophies and achieve what we want to achieve.”
Gordon also spoke about his relationship with Ancelotti, adding: “Mr Ancelotti has been massive for me. We have a good relationship.
“He tests me every day and doesn’t allow me to be comfortable. As a young player, you should never be comfortable.
“That is making me strive to be better every day and never reach the point where I think, ‘I am here, I am comfortable’.
“His presence around the place is always testing me and keeping me on my toes.”