Seamus Coleman has put pen to paper on a long-term deal, which ties him to the Blues until the summer of 2022.

The 28-year-old, who suffered a double fracture of his right leg during the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Wales in March, says he has been handed a ‘massive boost’ on his road to recovery.

Coleman told evertontv. “I’m delighted to get this signed. I’ve been here for a long time and it’s a special Club that means a lot to me.

“Everything had been agreed and I was due to sign it after the international break but unfortunately I got the injury. The Chairman messaged me the night of my injury and said, ‘Don’t worry about it because when you come back this contract is still waiting for you’. That sums up what the Chairman and this Club is all about.

“Farhad Moshiri also sent me cards and said the support was always going to be there. I’m delighted with how the Club has handled the situation. Knowing that I was going to come back and sign it has definitely helped things. It’s a massive boost and gives me something to fight for.

“I want to prove my worth when I come back and show the Club were right for rewarding me with this long-term contract.”