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Everton defender Stones grateful working with Distin, Jagielka

Everton defender John Stones says he's learning every day working with Sylvain Distin and Phil Jagielka.

Stones admits he is relishing life in the first team and learning plenty from the Blues' first-choice defensive duo.

"Game time is key for me and I'm just enjoying every minute of it," he told evertontv. "To have the likes of Sylvain and Jags backing me up is an extra bonus.

"Jags is always texting me. Before the Arsenal game he text saying good luck.

"For me, it's just about performing on the pitch while I get the chance and grabbing it with both hands, and it's a big help having that support.

"It's not just Jags, all the team have been 100 per cent behind me and I can't ask for much more.

"We're so together in that dressing room and I'm sure we'll come back fighting and get a good win on Saturday.

"Cardiff are coming off the back of an important win but we're looking to stand our ground at Goodison.

"It's vital for us to get a good result against Cardiff and then move on to hopefully do the same against Swansea."

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