Fulham sign Everton defender Luke Garbutt on season-long loan deal

Luke Garbutt

Fulham have signed Everton defender Luke Garbutt on a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old full-back penned a new five-year deal with Everton last month but will now seek first-team experience with the Championship side.

Toffees boss Roberto Martinez wanted the former Leeds academy man to go out and further himself and has managed to secure a deal with Kit Symons' Cottagers.

"Luke is ready to go on loan and gain playing time and experience which will further help his development and, ultimately, help him to fulfil his potential," Martinez told his club's official website.

"He has all the talent in the world with his cultured left foot and he will shine and be a massive asset in the Fulham team and in their dressing room.

"This was always the plan for Luke after he impressed last season and regular, competitive football is the next step in his development. In his position, he is one of the most talented young players in England."

Garbutt made his Premier League debut in April 2014 and featured 10 times for the Toffees last season.

 

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