Shane Duffy has signed a contract extension at Everton, which will keep him at Goodison Park until 2015.
The 20-year-old centre-back has made eight appearances for the Toffees, including four in the Premier League.
His only outing for David Moyes' side this season came in the
5-0 victory against Leyton Orient
in round two of the Capital One Cup last month.
"I'm delighted to get it done. It's taken a bit of time but I am happy now," Duffy told the
"I have been here for a while now and loved every minute of it. Now this is sorted I can focus on working hard and continuing to improve."
Duffy, an Under-21 international for the Republic of Ireland, is yet to make his senior debut for his country, although he has been called into several squads by boss Giovanni Trapattoni.