Defender Joins Premier League Everton
Everton have completed the transfer of defender John Stones from Barnsley for an undisclosed fee.
Everton agreed a deal with Barnsley earlier this evening and the 18-year-old right-back has passed a medical, agreed personal terms and signed a five-and-half-year contract.
An England Under-19 international, Stones came through the ranks at Oakwell before making his first-team debut in December 2011. Since then, the 6ft 2ins starlet has taken his tally of appearances for the Tykes to 28, scoring his first goal in a 4-3 League Cup victory over Rochdale in August last year.
He said: "I am very excited to be joining Everton. I've been very impressed with everything I have seen at Finch Farm already. Now the hard work begins.
"I would like to take this opportunity of thanking everybody at Barnsley for helping me in my development. They include Ronnie Branson and all the Academy staff; Keith Hill and David Flitcroft for giving me the chance to play first team football. Also all the backroom staff such as Guy Proctor, John Lucas and Craig Sedgwick. They are just some of the people who I owe a debt of gratitude to and I wish Barnsley every success for the future."
All at Barnsley Football Club would like to take this opportunity to wish John all the best for the future and his career at Everton Football Club.