Post by Everton News. on Jan 13, 2020 23:35:50 GMT
Defender Jarrad Branthwaite signs 2 1/2 year Everton deal
Jarrad Branthwaite said Everton’s track record of developing young players for its first team was instrumental in his decision to join the Club from Carlisle United.
The 17-year-old defender has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal until the end of June 2022 and will link up with the Blues’ Under-23s team.
Branthwaite joins the Toffees having enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Carlisle. The centre-back has made 11 senior appearances for the League Two outfit this season.
The teenager detailed his excitement about taking the next step in his career at Everton and explained why he believes the Club provides a perfect environment for him to progress.
Everton’s 1-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion at Goodison Park on Saturday featured three players who honed their talents with the Blues’ Under-23s side – Mason Holgate, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin – and Branthwaite revealed his ambition to follow in their footsteps.
“The pathway is superb – that’s what made me want to join Everton,” he told evertonfc.com.
“I’ve seen those players get their chance in the first team and do well.
“I just can’t wait to get started. Everton is a big club and I’m buzzing to be here.
“The facilities at USM Finch Farm are unbelievable. I like everything about the place.
“I want to settle in, get to know all the boys and put in some good performances for the Under-23s.
“My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for Everton first team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream.”
Branthwaite added he is savouring the prospect of learning from Everton Under-23s manager David Unsworth.
Former Toffees defender Unsworth racked up 350 Everton appearances during a successful playing career. As Under-23s boss, he has led the young Blues to two Premier League 2 titles in the past three seasons.
“All the experience he has can help me develop as a player,” Branthwaite added.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him.
“As a player, I like to get the ball off the keeper and play out from the back – I’m good with both feet – but the main thing is I like to defend and stop the ball going into the back of the net. I love a clean sheet.
“I’m hungry to keep getting better and I believe I’m in the ideal place to do that.”
Jarrad Branthwaite’s “astronomical” progress at Everton has been hailed as the young Cumbrian enjoys a first step onto the international scene.
The former Carlisle United defender is training with the England Under-19 squad this week along with fellow Cumbrian, Manchester City keeper James Trafford.
It is the latest mark in Branthwaite’s exciting development after the Wigton teenager’s move from the Blues to Everton in January.
He has made five first-team appearances for the Premier League club, and recently returned from an ankle injury with an impressive showing for the Toffees’ Under-23s against Chelsea.
Coach David Unsworth said of that game to the Liverpool Echo: “He [Branthwaite] looks great on the ball, he defends properly, he’s a presence and he certainly looked like a young first team player stepping down.
"His development has been astronomical since joining. He was a little nervous at first and we had to give him a bit of time to settle and he played in a few games.
“Then he got an early opportunity. We say to boys all the time that they’ve got to be ready and when that opportunity comes you’ve got to take it.”
England's Under-19s do not have any official fixtures this time but Branthwaite and Trafford could be involved in friendlies against Sheffield United and Derby's Under-23s on Saturday and Tuesday respectively, both at St George's Park.
Blackburn Rovers are expecting to complete a loan deal for Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite before the end of the working week.
Tony Mowbray, who has been given the backing to make at least one signing this month, intends to add to his central defensive options following the injuries to Scott Wharton, Derrick Williams and Daniel Ayala.
Rovers have limited scope for permanent acquisitions following their summer transfer splurge and the club have been assessing the loan market in a bid to address their defensive shortages.
Several Premier League sides had been contacted over the availability of their young central defenders and Branthwaite topped their list, fitting the criteria of a left-sided option that can partner Darragh Lenihan.
After emerging on the Carlisle scene at 16, Everton secured his services last January for a £750,000 and the defender has made incredible progress during his time at Goodison Park, breaking into the first-team fold under Carlo Ancelotti.
Post by Everton News. on Jan 14, 2021 18:36:38 GMT
Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite has joined Championship team Blackburn Rovers on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 18-year-old talent signed for the Blues from boyhood club Carlisle United in January 2020.
Having initially linked up with Everton Under-23s, the centre-back made his Toffees First-Team debut at Wolverhampton Wanderers on 12 July. He has made a further four senior appearances for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Branthwaite joins a Blackburn team who sit 11th in the Championship table and are managed by Tony Mowbray.