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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Coleman eyes breakthrough at Everton

SEAMUS Coleman says he intends to make the breakthrough in the Premier League with Everton next season.

The defender is this week on a high after helping Blackpool win promotion to the Premier League. Coleman spent three months on loan to the club and played a key role in their play-off success, but he is now due to return to Goodison Park and attempt to force his way into the long-term plans at Everton, where he managed seven games last season.

"I'll do whatever David Moyes decides is best for my career," said Coleman, currently back home in his native Donegal for a well-earned holiday.

"Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to play for Everton on a regular basis next season or the following season.

"Who knows, I might never make the breakthrough but it won't be for a lack of trying.

"I'm back for pre-season on July 1, when we head off to Australia, and I can't wait. Tony Hibbert would still be ahead of me in the pecking order but I'll keep my head down and we'll see what happens.

"It has been different at Blackpool, but it has been great because I was playing week in, week out, so it has been really beneficial. Thank God it went well for us.

"It was an unreal experience and to see all the people who came out to support us was amazing. It was crazy to see the crowds during the parade on Monday.

"To be honest, it all hasn't sunk in just yet. My family and friends were all at the game and they were more excited than me! Maybe over the next few days it will sink in what we achieved.

"It will be great to see Blackpool playing at Goodison next season. It will be nice to see all the lads again too.

"It will definitely be a fixture I will look out for when they come out next month."

And Coleman said he has been in touch with team-mate Shane Duffy since his health scare while on Ireland duty in Dublin last week.

"I got such a fright when I heard about it. Thankfully he is okay now," added Coleman.

"I spoke to him yesterday to find out how he was and he seemed upbeat enough. I am delighted he is getting better."

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