Bangor born Nathan Broadhead has signed a new contract at Everton until the end of June 2021 and has also agreed to a season-long loan move to League One club Burton Albion.
An outstanding season last year saw Nathan win the Premier League 2 title and Premier Cup with the Blues, scoring four goals, including two against rivals Liverpool at Anfield, and three assists in the process.
Nathan’s efforts were recognised when he was named Everton Under-23s’ player-of-the-year for his standout contribution to last term’s double-winning campaign. He was subsequently summoned by Wales manager Ryan Giggs for a national team training camp in the Algarve.
The 21-year-old forward, who joined Everton’s Academy aged 10, has featured heavily for Marco Silva’s first team in pre-season, most recently starting and finishing last Saturday’s game against Mainz in Germany.
Nathan has made one senior appearance for Everton, as a substitute against Apollon Limassol in a Europa League fixture in December 2017.
He will now join Burton, managed by former Nottingham Forest midfielder Nigel Clough, who finished ninth in League One last season. They open their 2019/20 campaign at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday.
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough said: “He was the one we had in mind as soon as Marcus Harness left. We have had to wait but the most important thing is that we have got him. He has been away with Everton’s first team pre-season which is a very good sign.
“It’s his first loan. We have been aware of him and we are grateful to Everton for loaning him to us. I think the way we play football has been a big factor in him choosing to come here.
“He’s probably the most similar to Marcus in the squad now. He can also play in a wide position and in training today he looked very comfortable. It’s an exciting signing for us.”
Nathan Broadhead said: “I enjoyed getting to know the lads this morning and my first training session.
“I have been at Everton since I was 10 years old and have really enjoyed the experience of being there and coming here is another step in my career.
“This is something I have wanted to do for a long-time and hopefully I can take my chance.”