Breakout Under-23 star Fraser Hornby has signed his first professional contract with the club, signing a deal keeping him at Everton until 2021.
Hornby impressed the club enough at Under-18 level to be promoted to David Unsworth’s side, before making his professional debut for Everton in the Europa League in a 3-0 victory over Apollon Limassol. The 18-year-old also made his debut for Scotland Under-21’s in the 2017/18 campaign.
Fraser said this to evertontv:
“Every young lad’s dream is to become a professional footballer and it’s my first professional deal so I’m just delighted and I can’t wait to get started now,”
“It’s been a memorable 12 months, considering at the start of last season I was coming back from a long-term injury.”
“My main focus was just getting back playing again, scoring goals, and I had a few chances with the Under-23s. It was crazy season but full of memories and hopefully this year will bring a few more.”
“Making my first-team debut was just an amazing experience. The whole occasion, travelling with the team, it being an away game, seeing all the fans – hopefully I can get more experiences like that in the future.”
Originally joining the Blues as a centre-midfielder from Northampton four years ago, Hornby has developed into a clinical striker for both his domestic and international side.
“Even when I was playing in midfield I’d like to get forward and get in the box, so when Paul Tait and Kevin Sheedy moved me to striker at Under-18s, I could just see myself playing there for many years,” Hornby explained. “I’m happy playing as a striker now and I’m looking forward to improving. I’ve only played there for a season so there’s a lot more work to do.”