Everton captain Seamus Coleman has issued a fresh injury update as he continues his rehabilitation from the knee injury he picked up last season.
Everton skipper Seamus Coleman on new deal, coaching plans after retiring and reasons for recent struggles; discusses pre-season form, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Dele; reveals prediction for club’s breakout star, insights on Sean Dyche’s tactical details and excitement for new stadium.
Everton retained their unbroken Premier League status by the skin of their teeth for the second season running last term. “We’ve learned a lot and can make sure this never happens again,” says captain Seamus Coleman.
The 34-year-old signed a one-year extension in June to enter his 15th year at the club – having joined from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in January 2009.
Was staying for another year a formality? “Obviously, it’s been a tough couple of years for everyone involved with our club,” says the Republic of Ireland skipper in an exclusive interview with Sky Sports.
“I had some time to think, and then I had the injury as well, which added to the thinking time – but you can’t walk away, or it’s very hard to walk away, from something you love and you know. I love the football club.”
I love coming here every day. I think the most important thing was I still felt capable as well. I felt good and strong against some very good wingers and in training. If the boys were skipping past me easily in training every day then it would definitely be time to consider. So I was happy to sign and I’m looking forward to the season ahead.”
Coleman has now clocked 409 appearances for the club, which places him 17th in the all-time list and one more season means he could easily break into the top 10 by the end of this campaign
The full-back suffered a knee injury against Leicester in May last season and missed the final four games of the Toffees’ tumultuous run-in – but recovered during the pre-season break. Coleman’s powers of recovery were clear to see after overcoming a career-threatening leg break six years ago. So where does the drive to get back on the pitch come from?
You’ve got no choice really,” he says. “If you love what you do and you want to get back on that pitch, you must have that drive from within to recover.
“Unfortunately for me, I broke my leg in 2017, which was a big shock to the system. It was the first really serious injury I had – but I wanted to get back on that football pitch. It’s similar this time around: I must do all I can to get back on that pitch.”
Coleman may well have extended his playing days, but he certainly has one eye on the future when the time comes to hang up his boots for good: “I’ve thought about things and prepared for life after football. In terms of coaching, my A licence, that’s something I definitely see myself doing in the future.
“But, definitely not at the minute – because it’s very hard [to do that] when you’re playing. Some people are very good at doing that, but, for me, it’s hard to focus on anything other than playing. Right now, my full focus is on Everton – but I’m prepared for coaching down the line.