Everton defender Joleon Lescott has signed a new long-term deal that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2012.
Lescott, 25, joined Everton from Wolves in June 2006 on a four-year contract and has been instrumental in Everton’s impressive form this season.
“This is really terrific news,” said Everton boss David Moyes.
“This continues our policy of securing – on long term deals – those players who not only represent Everton’s present but also its future.”
Lescott, who earned his first England call-up this season, can play in central defence or left-back.
“Since joining us Joleon has more than proved his worth,” added Moyes.
“The fact he is not only happy at Goodison Park but also willing to commit his future to Everton shows that we are most definitely moving in the right direction.”
Everton chairman Bill Kenwright added: “We have worked really hard over the past 12 months or so to secure the futures of our brightest and most gifted young players.
“That includes men like Joleon, Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta, Andy Johnson, Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert.
“Joleon is absolutely delighted to have agreed this new deal.
“I am delighted for him and also for our supporters who have really taken him to their hearts since his arrival from Wolves.”