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.”
Young Everton striker Rafael Garcia has made his return for the first time in 19 months after a long-term injury.
The 18-year-old was involved from the bench as the Blues under-18s side lost 4-1 to Newcastle United on Saturday, with the youngster making his way onto the pitch in the 73rd minute.
That was his first appearance since suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the summer of 2019, which ruled him out of action for 19 months.
Garcia posted on Instagram after making his return, saying: "Unlucky result today but good to be back out there after 19 months."
The striker signed his first professional contract with Everton in October 2019, putting pen-to-paper on a deal to keep him with the club until June 2022 despite the serious injury he had just suffered.