February 28, 2024



Francis Okoronkwo, a striker for Everton Under-21s, has extended his contract with the team until June 30, 2026.


The 19-year-old made an impression for Everton Under-18s during the 2021–2022 season before joining the Blues from Sunderland in September of 2021.


The forward, who was born in Blythe, advanced to the point where he was a regular for the Under-21 team last season and is still an important player for the young Blues.


“I can’t wait to sign this new contract,” Okoronkwo told evertontv. “Since coming to Everton, I feel like I’ve been getting better and I feel like I belong here.


This entails accountability for the youthful striker, who described how Head Coach Paul Tait has affected his developing career.


“We have a pretty close relationship with Taity,” Okoronkwo remarked. That, I believe, is what makes me a better person.


He is a character that supports me both on and off the pitch. I can attest to it because I get better under him every week, every year, and every session.


“It seemed like we had a lot of younger players playing towards the beginning of the season. I have to take care of them because that is my new role in the team. Although it won’t be flawless right away, they’re making progress and playing well.


On Okoronkwo’s new contract, Everton Director of Football, Kevin Thelwell, said: “We’re delighted to have Francis extend his deal. He’s a very promising young player and he’s progressed well since joining the Club.


“At a young age, he has already gained valuable experience as a striker, and as such, we are excited to watch him continue to develop at Everton.

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