Jordan Pickford made a name for himself this summer, the young Everton keeper turned in some strong performances over in Russia which helped England to the World Cup semi-final.
He’s been rewarded with a new contract at Goodison Park, a six-year deal which secures his future in the long term. He tweeted his delight at having put pen to paper, beaming as he signed until 2024 with the Premier League side.
He might be the darling of Goodison now and of course of England, but one set of fans are just as happy to see him progressing to become one of the country’s top players. Pickford joined Sunderland at the age of eight and progressed rapidly, eventually making 31 Premier League appearances for them after loan spells with Darlington, Alfreton, Carlisle, Burton, Preston and Bradford City.
Eventually he moved to Everton for a fee of £25m, rising to £30m, making him the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time. Even so, those Black Cats fans haven’t forgotten about their homegrown hero and they too were soon congratulating him on his huge deal.
Here’s the best of their responses from Twitter.
He might be playing in blue but he will always be red & white ????⚪????⚪????
— Paul Grafton (@PGrafton78) September 26, 2018
Good old Sunderland boy well missed in the red and white but glad he sign for Everton over all the other teams that would of abused him got yourself a good one
— Richard Brettell (@sunlandfan1) September 27, 2018
GOOD LUCK JORDAN, WELL DESERVED
— John safc54 (@johnsafc1954) September 26, 2018
He'll be back home 1 day mate
— Dean (@deanSAFC76) September 26, 2018
Well done jordan from everyone @SunderlandAFC
— Chrispaul (@chrispaul199) September 26, 2018
Well done lad luv to see sunderland lads do well good luck xx
— Julie Cheal (@juliecheal62) September 27, 2018
Enjoy Jordan lad!! Can’t wait to see you home home and play for the lads again coz it will happen!!
— Adam (@AdamJackman1) September 27, 2018