He started his journey with Sunderland's academy, then their reserves before moving in to the senior side in addition to loan spells at six clubs – Darlington, Alfreton Town, Burton Albion, Carlisle United, Bradford City and Preston North End.
"With all those loans, it was all leading to be the best I can be as a player," Pickford told the Daily Star.
“I had faith in myself and the belief and faith of my coaches who sent me out on loan.
“If you are a young lad going to senior clubs, you have got to take that chance and I always grasped it
with two hands. I just love playing football and that helps.
“Now I'm at Everton and the top six is where we want to be as a club. None of us want to lose games and it hurts. But we can't dwell on it.
“We've got big characters – and hopefully I'm one of them – to help the other lads as well. I'm reminded of the size of the transfer but I don't think it has affected me.
“Hopefully it makes me better because I've got to prove to people how good I am."