After completing his transfer to Coventry City, striker Ellis Simms expressed his appreciation to Everton and their supporters as he bid farewell to the club, writes the LiverpoolEcho. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year contract with the Midlands-based team, meeting the valuation set by Everton for his services. Simms leaves Everton after making 11 appearances for the first team last season, scoring a goal against Chelsea.
In a permanent move back to the Championship, Sean Dyche’s side is expected to receive a sum of up to £8m for the forward, who was born in Oldham. Simms had previously spent the first half of last season on loan at Sunderland in the North East, where Tony Mowbray provided him with his first taste of senior English football, following a loan spell with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.
This departure marks the end of Simms’ six-year tenure on Merseyside, having joined Everton at the age of 16. It also signifies the beginning of what promises to be a summer of changes for the former Burnley coach, as Ishe Samuel-Smith appears poised to leave the club, with Chelsea closing in on his signature. Taking to Instagram, the striker conveyed his gratitude to the club in a heartfelt post.
He said: “Today my journey at Everton football club has come to an end. I would like to thank my team mates, the coaching staff and all the people who work for the club and have helped me along the way with my development. I’d also like to thank the fans for the support they showed me and wish them and the club the best of luck in the future!”