Tony Hibbert wants to help guide Everton’s next generation after agreeing a new two-year contract to keep him at Goodison until summer 2016.
However, the 33-year-old right-back still intends to fight for a first-team place after declaring himself over the injuries which reduced him to just four appearances last term.
Hibbert is valued by Roberto Martinez as much for his professional standards and positive influence on younger players as for the defensive attributes he has displayed over 13 years at the club.
And after putting pen to paper on the deal, a delighted Hibbert said: “I just want the best for Everton and the young lads that are coming through, I will try and mentor them the best I can.
“The manager is pleased with the way I handle myself off the field. To be honest, I’ve always enjoying working with the younger lads. I’ve been with the reserves quite a bit and I enjoy that part of the game.
“The manager likes me around the team. Seamus (Coleman) has been unbelievable and deserves his place for the way he is playing. We need players in a squad that will keep fighting for each other and pushing each other for places.”
Fit-again Hibbert is determined to compete with first-choice Coleman for the right-back berth during a forthcoming campaign which will entail the extra fixtures generated by Europa League qualification.
Everton’s Tony Hibbert.
After spending his entire career at Goodison, Hibbert’s previous deal expired on June 30 but Martinez has always said he wanted to retain the services of a veteran who has played 319 times for the Blues.
Hibbert, who prompted a Goodison pitch-invasion in 2012 by scoring his only senior goal so far during his testimonial match against AEK Athens, added: “The games will come thick and fast so it is very important to have a good, strong squad.
“The squad will be important. It’s got to be because of the amount of games that we are playing and the way the manager likes to keep people fresh. He might introduce players who haven’t played the week before.
“I’m okay and there are no injuries. I picked up a few [last season] but I’m fit and I’m ready to go.
“Like always, every season you are a professional footballer you have got to be looking over your shoulder and seeing who is coming through to fight for your place.
“It’s a natural instinct that comes with being a footballer. It’s good but Seamus deserves it for the way he has been playing over the last couple of years. He deserves his right-back spot.”
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