Howard of US signs new long-term deal with Everton
U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard has extended his contract at Everton,
tying him to the Premier League club until 2016.
The 33-year-old Howard has played 256 games for Everton since
joining from Manchester United in 2006, initially on loan before
signing a permanent deal in February 2007.
”It’s a place that is home for me,” Howard said in an Everton
Howard’s consistent performances for the northwest club have
helped him keep the goalkeeper jersey for the U.S. national team.
He played last week in the historic 1-0 win in Italy. He has played
72 times for the U.S.
Howard this season scored his first professional goal – a
length-of-the-field effort in a 2-1 home loss to Bolton in
”When you have a really good relationship in life and both
sides are eager to continue and keep that going, it’s a
no-brainer,” Howard said of his new contract. ”This hasn’t been a
knockdown, drawn-out type of negotiation with meetings or anything
like that. They were very happy to keep me here and I was very,
very happy to stay.”
Whether he stays on playing into his 40s is another matter.
Fellow American goalkeeper Brad Friedel is still impressive at
40 with Tottenham in the Premier League, while 39-year-old
Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer recently signed a contract with
Fulham until the summer of 2013 – when he will be approaching
”When (the new contract) is finished, I will take stock and
figure out what I want to do,” Howard said. ”At 33, I find it
difficult to figure out how the 40-year-old goalkeepers get out of
bed in the morning.
”As long as I am healthy and still have the desire to compete,
I have to consider continuing to play. But as you get to 38, 39,
40, those things start to diminish, especially physically.”