Rodwell signs new Everton deal

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Highly-rated Everton youngster Jack Rodwell has signed a new five-year contract at Goodison Park.

The 17-year-old midfielder, who scored his first senior goal in last weekend's FA Cup fifth-round win over Aston Villa, is now committed to the club until 2014.

A product of the club's Academy, Rodwell has made 13 appearances this season including seven starts.

Manager David Moyes, who handed Rodwell his debut last season, told the club's website, "When we get good young players, we want to sign them up and keep them here. That's always the way that we have gone about it.

"Jack has got a long way to go and it wasn't ideal that we had to pitch him in at the start of the season - we threw him in at the deep end.

"He played well in those games at times but we took him away from it for a while to give him a break and let him see what it's all about.

"But when he came back in against Liverpool he looked really good and he made a big contribution against Aston Villa. The signs from him were positive."