New Deal For Evans
On Monday afternoon midfielder Lee Evans penned a new three and a half year deal at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Having made ten appearances for the side this year having spent 2015/16 out with Bradford City, he more than played his part in victories over Premier League Stoke City and Liverpool as we head through to the fifth round of the FA Cup this year.
Speaking to the Official Website after signing his new contract extension, the player explained.
'We`ve been talking about it now for a couple of months so it`s great to get it over the line. Now I can focus on the rest of the season and try and play as much as I can. It was a big concern while I was injured and I had just become a new dad so it was a lot of pressure to get the contract sorted so I`ve got some security for my family. I`m happy it`s done now, it`s a big weight off my mind and it`s fantastic for me and my family.'
Head coach Paul Lambert welcomed the new deal, saying he felt the best was yet to come for the player and there was an obvious advantage for competition.
'I think it's very important. He's very similar to Jack Price and they've both done brilliantly well since I've been here. His performances against Stoke and Liverpool in the FA Cup emphasised how much we need that competition in the middle of the pitch. Evans, Price and Connor Ronan are all really good passers of the ball and I think you need that in this league. It's in his own hands now. He knows what we expect of him, he knows how we play and he knows what we're looking for. He's still got a lot to learn but he's got terrific potential and he's a brilliant passer of the ball as well as a physical presence. Still a young lad but hopefully he keeps getting better and better.'
In a wider interview the 22 year old knew it was now about knuckling down and continuing his improvement.
'I think last year helped me out a lot, going out and playing 40 games, getting a full season under my belt. Just getting used to playing week-in, week-out was massive for me. This season I started well but unfortunately got injured and nobody wants that. But if you look at what`s happened to some of the other boys then it could be a lot worse. I`ve just had to work hard on my fitness, bide my time for my chance and whenever you get that chance then you`ve got to take it.'
'I didn`t have much choice really. The better I played, the better a position I was in to earn the contract. I knew I had to play well whenever I had the chance. I`ve had a few opportunities under the manager so I need to keep performing whenever I`m on the pitch. Signing a contract is just security at the back of my mind for me and my family. More behind the scenes than anything else. Now I have to perform whenever I get the chance and it`s down to me. The manager`s given me a couple of chances so far so I can`t ask for anything more. If I don`t get my head down and play well then I`ll be sitting and watching.'