U18s forward Rafael Garcia has signed professional forms with Everton, the club have announced. The England U-16 international, an acquisition from Fulham's youth setup, recently turned 17 and has agreed a deal that ties him to the Blues until the summer of 2022.
Garcia is currently undergoing rehabilitation on an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in his knee and doesn't expect to see action again until next season.
“Signing a first pro contract is a huge thing and hopefully it will be the start of something big,” he told evertonfc.com.
“I've had so much help since I've joined Everton, from my teammates, my coaches and the staff.
“The people at Everton are very nice and very kind. The transition has been easy. It is a great club to be at, with a brilliant history.
“Getting the injury was a blow but the aim is to get back for pre-season next year and be stronger and fitter that I was. I'm in the gym every day and working hard.”