Joe Williams has signed a new contract at Everton Football Club.
The Academy graduate, an all-action central midfielder, has extended his stay with the Blues until the end of June 2020.
Williams, the 2015/16 Everton Under-21s Player of the Season, recently returned after two long-term injuries.
“I’m over the moon to sign a new contract,” Williams told evertontv. “I’ve been here since I was seven years of age and I’ve supported Everton all my life.
“It’s been a hard year mentally and physically but I’m happy to be back playing and to sign this contract has topped it off.
“Whilst I was injured, I’ve got my head down and worked on my fitness. I’m glad the contract is sorted now and I’m back playing.”
Under-23s coach David Unsworth says Williams’ new contract is a reward for his performances, potential and hard work during the period recovering from his injuries.
The 20-year-old was ruled out of action last May for six months with a knee problem and, shortly after making his comeback in November, then suffered another injury, this time to his ankle.
Now back fit, Williams has played in Everton Under-23s’ last two fixtures, including the 2-0 victory over Southampton on Monday at Goodison Park.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that Joe has signed,” Unsworth said. “He’s like a new player for us because of his injuries over the last nine months. He’s had two nasty injuries, both freak injuries.
“He’s got a great chance but he must continue to work hard. He’s just another one of the top young players in our squad.”