Everton captain Seamus Coleman has revealed what he loves most about being part of the club.
In a recent interview with the club’s official website, the right-back has opened up about his position as skipper and a veteran of the game.
“I’ve taken great pride in trying to help younger lads as I’ve got older because I had some great older players to learn from,” the 31-year-old told evertonfc.com.
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Since the arrival of Carlo Ancelotti, younger Blues players have been given more time to shine on the big stage. Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Mason Holgate were rewarded for their success in stepping up to the plate with new five-year contracts earlier this year. Youth star Anthony Gordon has also been given cameo appearances with the first team this season.
“It’s something I’ve really enjoyed [providing guidance for teammates],” Coleman continued. “I’d like to think, if the young lads look back in a few years’ time, they’ll think, ‘he tried to help me’.”
The Republic of Ireland international has won over the hearts of almost everyone on Merseyside, even the Reds. Coleman has been known to donate money to Liverpool’s Hillsborough charity and also contributed a total of €10,000 to support the rehabilitation of Reds fan Sean Cox last year.
Many Everton fans were singing his praises earlier this year after he earned his UEFA B License, with some even tipping him to take on a role with the Blues’ setup.
“I’m delighted with the players we’ve got. They have really bought into the Everton spirit,” Coleman concluded.
Hugely popular at Goodison Park and with vast experience to boot, the Irishman seems like the perfect mentor for Everton’s rising stars.
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