Photos: Mason Holgate all smiles in Everton training

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The 18-year-old defender looked shy but pleased to have arrived at the Goodison Park outfit.

From Barnsley to Everton, it's a new chapter for Mason Holgate.

On Thursday afternoon, that chapter got off to a very real start, as the teenage defender was placed straight into first-team training along with the rest of the Everton senior side.

He looked shy but was smiling as he got to know his new surroundings - and boss Roberto Martinez's comments suggest supporters have plenty to look forward to.

Indeed, the Spaniard believes the 18-year-old has an 'impressive future' ahead of him and that explains why the Toffees went all out to land his signature despite interest from the likes of Newcastle United, Manchester United and Bournemouth, according to BBC Sport.

Martinez did emphasise the need for patience, however, stating that Holgate won't be expected to make an immediate top-flight impact. Although Reece Oxford's sublime performance for West Ham United against Arsenal at the age of just 16 may certainly skew what is now expected of youngsters in the Premier League.

That will all come with time, though, and the important thing is that the first steps have been made for Holgate. He has chosen his club - and Everton have chosen him - and he looks as though he will slowly but surely get used to things at Goodison Park.

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