Steven Naismith has signed a three-year extension to his Everton FC contract.
The deal keeps the Scottish forward at Goodison Park until the summer of 2019.
Naismith made a scoring return from a hamstring problem when the Blues beat QPR 3-1 on Monday night – his sixth goal of the season.
Naismith said: “I am so happy here. From the moment I signed my first contract here it wasn’t long before I saw what a great club it was.
“Over the months and years it has progressed into a fantastic move for myself on and off the park. I am delighted to have agreed an extension which will keep me here for a few more years yet.
“When you come to the last 18 months of your contract, negotiations start happening and it was pretty relaxed and straightforward because I have loved my time here and this season and last season you have seen the best of me; hopefully there’s more to come.
Everton FC v QPR in the Barclays Premier League at Goodison Park. Steven Naismith celebrates his goal with Sylvain Distin.
“I think I have felt more wanted in recent times than at the start of my Everton career. Confidence has grown, I have put in some good performances and we have had a successful time as a team as well.
“I would say it is probably the best form of my career. I understand the game more, I understand what the manager is wanting from me and I have played in a few different roles and contributed in those roles. It’s definitely the most consistent I’ve been.”
Naismith, 28, has scored against Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United this season.
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