It had been a relatively quiet summer for Everton until this week with the permanent signing of Gareth Barry the only thing to report on.
However this week has generated huge excitement amongst Evertonians with the first game of the season just over two weeks away. Ross Barkley put pen to paper on a new deal which sees him commit his future until at least 2018. Barkley had been linked with Manchester City but he has made the sensible choice in securing his future at Goodison Park.
One can only look at how Jack Rodwell's career has stalled since moving to Manchester City. Barkley has a great manager at Everton who knows how to get the best out of him, and first-team football is all but guaranteed for him already. He showed immense confidence last season beyond his years, and that has seen him become a regular in the England squad now.
On Wednesday the club announced the record signing of former loanee Romelu Lukaku who has signed a five-year-deal with the club. At £28 million Everton have secured one of the brightest prospects in the world who already has a great amount of Premier League experience.
With Barkley at 20 and Lukaku at 21, The Toffees now have two of the best young players in the Premier League tied down at the club, and they can both focus on the future. It certainly bodes for an exciting season at Goodison Park and the duo will be hoping to build upon last year's impressive campaign.
Despite their age, they are still both experienced and full of confidence. They both have a World Cup under their belts already and they know they will be an important part of Everton's future. They should continue to improve over the next few years, and the Everton team will be built around them.
They weren't far off the top four last season and with this boost it shows a statement of intent from the club. An exciting brand of football can take place with Barkley and Lukaku under Roberto Martinez. Champions League football may not be too far away.