Everton manager David Moyes rewarded defender Seamus Coleman with a new five-and-a-half-year deal and then expressed his hope there were more bargains like him to be found in the lower leagues.
The 22-year-old cost the Toffees just £60,000 when they bought him from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 and his progress since then has seen him establish himself in the first-team squad.
"He deserves it as he's worked really hard since the early days when we brought him in from Ireland," said the Scot.
"Seamus is one of the young boys. He is improving. He came as a right-back and we've used him wide right and he has got his chance to settle in and I feel I can use him in either position whenever needed.
"He's a long way to go to get to Leighton Baines' (who has been a permanent fixture on Everton's left for years) standard at the moment but that's why we've kept him for a long time because we think there's a chance of good improvement in him.