Duo stick with Everton

22 October 2010 06:30

Everton have received a double lift with both Leon Osman and Tony Hibbert agreeing new deals at Goodison Park.

The pair have signed two-year extensions to their current contracts, committing them to the club until 2014.

The news will be particularly welcome for 29-year-old Osman after it was earlier revealed he is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

Osman suffered the blow in the derby win over Liverpool last weekend, adding his name to a long injury list currently troubling boss David Moyes.

Midfielder Osman and defender Hibbert, 29, have clocked up more than 500 appearances between them in an Everton shirt.

Both have come up through the Toffees' academy system, with Hibbert currently the longest serving player at Goodison Park.

Hibbert told Everton TV: "It is good to have a couple more years on top of what I had. We have come through as two local lads and made a good career so it is pleasing."

Osman added: "I'm feeling great, it has been under discussion for a few weeks and I'm really happy to put pen to paper.

"There was never any question that I wanted to extend. We are really happy to be at a club of this stature.

Everton travel to Tottenham on Saturday hoping to pick up their third successive win in the Barclays Premier League.

Source: PA