DARRON Gibson’s disappointment of missing the cut for the Euros will have eased significantly after the midfielder signed a new two-year contract with Everton.
The 28 year-old Hazelbank native narrowly missed out on making the Republic of Ireland’s 23 man squad last week but he’s ‘delighted’ to sort out his future at club level.
Gibson’s Everton career has been dogged by injuries and he managed just 27 appearances for the Blues last season.
And with Ronald Koeman expected to take the Everton hotseat, Gibson is delighted to sign terms and relaunch his club career under the Dutch coach.
“I am absolutely delighted,” he said. “I had a few options but as long as Everton were giving me the option I was never going anywhere else.
“It is a great club, there are great people here and the dressing room is great, so I was never signing anywhere else.
Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the Club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better.Darron Gibson
“Obviously, I have had a tough few years but thankfully the club have stuck by me and I have signed for another two years, so hopefully the next two years go a lot better.
“The fans are unbelievable and it is a great club. Signing for Manchester United four-and-a-half years ago was a great move for me and I am delighted to commit my future here.
“The first year I came, I had a great season but obviously the rest I have been injured quite a bit. Last year I was fit but didn’t play too much, so it is nice to know the club and the fans are still behind me.
“There have been highs and lows. I just want to put the past behind me and look forward to the next two years.”