Heitinga will stay and fight for Everton berth

Everton defender John Heitinga will stay and fight for regular first team football at Goodison Park.

Everton defender John Heitinga will stay and fight for regular first team football at Goodison Park.

The Holland international netted a late winner in the 2-1 fourth-round triumph at Bolton on Saturday to keep the Toffees cup hopes alive.

The 29 year old told the Liverpool Echo: "I'm working hard to get my place back in the team and I'm a fighter so I'll never give up.

"If the manager makes another decision and doesn't put me in the team that's his decision, and the only thing I can do is focus on the time I do get. Hopefully I can show everybody that I'm still the same person that I was last season.

"The most important thing as a player is that you believe in yourself and give everything you have, then the rest follows.

"The team is performing really well this season, but as a player you need a couple of games to get back at your level. I've spoken to the manager - he's happy with me and I'm happy with Everton."

 

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