CHESTER-BORN footballer Kyle John has signed a two-year contract to stay with Premier League giants Everton.

The 20-year-old right back – a former Blacon High School pupil – has been with the Goodison Park club since he was six years of age.

He is now targeting his first senior competitive action for The Toffees having being included in several matchday squads in the closing months of the last campaign.

Kyle featured in two pre-season friendlies last year but suffered a serious ankle injury while playing for Everton Under-23s.

Speaking to evertontv, he said: "It is a proud moment to sign a contract, especially with Everton.

“I felt as good as I ever had [at the beginning of the season] and the injury was a big blow.

“But I was determined to get through it and back to where I was – nothing was stopping me from getting there."

He added: "Training with the first team has helped me come on massively. I feel 10 times the player I was two years ago.

"But there is not one area of my game I don’t need to improve. I can get better defensively and with my attacking, my crossing and final ball.

"I need to get bigger and stronger. Playing Premier League football at Goodison Park is the dream."

Kyle also tweeted: "Made up to have signed a new contract at this great club, can’t wait to get back out there."

His old school also posted a message on Twitter: "We are all incredibly proud of Kyle signing a 2 year extension to his contract. Big things to come in the future.

"We are all behind you. Looking forward to you popping back in to help with year 7 training again soon."