Teenage defender Jarrad Branthwaite's transfer to Premier League Everton is an 'excellent deal' for Carlisle United according to the club's director of football.
The 17-year-old joined the Goodison Park side last night for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of £750,000 with performance-related clauses also included taking the overall package to more than £1million.
Branthwaite became Carlisle's youngest ever goalscorer when he found the net against Morecambe in November and a number of Premier League clubs have been linked with him in recent weeks.
United's director of football David Holdsworth said the deal agreed with Everton will give the Cumbrians a financial boost both now and over the longer term.
“We did what we could, but we have to respect the wishes of the player, his family and those who advise him. Once it becomes apparent that a player does want to move, all you can then do is work hard to get the best possible deal for the club.
Branthwaite says Everton's track record of developing young players was a key factor in him joining the Toffees.
“The pathway is superb – that’s what made me want to join Everton,” he told evertonfc.com.
“I’ve seen those players get their chance in the first team and do well.
“I just can’t wait to get started. Everton is a big club and I’m buzzing to be here.
“The facilities at USM Finch Farm are unbelievable. I like everything about the place.
“I want to settle in, get to know all the boys and put in some good performances for the Under-23s.
“My long-term goal, 100 per cent, is to play for Everton first team in front of the great crowds at Goodison. That would be my dream.”