Callum Connolly’s 14-year association with Everton Football Club is coming to an end this summer with the Liverpool Echo reporting that the Liverpool-born defender is available for transfer.
The Toffees appear to be clearing out the cabinets this year and, since the Premier League season came to a belated end a few weeks ago, all manner of fringe players, youngsters and forgotten man have bid farewell.
Kieran Dowell has left for Norwich, Oumar Niasse and Cuco Martina have been released while Maarten Stekelenburg will be warming the bench for Ajax instead in 2020/21.
And it seems that the next out the door is a man who first joined Everton’s Finch Farm academy all the way back in 2006, when James Beattie was banging in the goals at one end and David Weir was keeping them out at the other.
Local lad Connolly has made just one Premier League appearance in all that time, however.
And after loan spells at a whole host of lower league clubs, including a spell at Fleetwood Town last season, the Echo reports that Everton plan to cash in before the 22-year-old walks away for free.
As recently as 2016, reserve coach David Unsworth might have wondered whether he had found a central defensive partnership for the ages with Connolly shining alongside a young Mason Holgate for Everton’s U23s.
It’s fair to say their careers, since then, have panned out rather differently.