Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce that Evan Khouri has put pen to paper on his first professional contract with the club, signing a one-year-deal.
The 18-year-old was one of three Academy graduates to be offered professional terms by manager Paul Hurst, joining Luis Adlard & Jaz Goundry in committing their future to the Mariners.
Khouri was a surprise inclusion in the first-team squad at the start of the 2020/21 campaign, making his debut in our EFL Cup First Round tie vs. Morecambe as a substitute, before making a further substitute appearance in our EFL Trophy fixture vs. Harrogate Town in which he was dismissed in the closing minutes.
Evan spoke exclusively to GTTV after penning his deal and was full of praise for the manager for giving him the opportunity to shine.
"The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play for the first team and I have loved every minute of it. I think under him the squad that he has brought in I can show what I can to the fans but also to myself.
"I was just over the moon [making the team at the end of the season], I wasn't expecting it but when he gave me the opportunity to play and make my League debut, I was just biting at the opportunity to play. I wasn't expecting to be in the squad, let alone start but starting in all the following games I was just over the moon. All I did was play my game, I gave it all I have got, gave 100% and I must have impressed him to keep playing me.
"I'm a versatile player, so I can in centre midfield or on the left, I have got a good left foot, I work hard off the ball defensively and then going forward I have that calmness and composure to make a pass or take a shot. The gaffer said he was really impressed with me, he said that I handled the situation really well, dealing with the physicality of the first team and just told me to keep playing how I have been".
We caught up with Hurst prior to the start of pre-season training later this week and he spoke of his optimism for Khouri in the future.
"I'm pleased that Evan has decided to sign up with us. He had a very positive end to last season, he was a positive in a very difficult season for us.
"Evan has a good attitude, plays in a number of positions and has got the right attitude to learn and to progress with us going forward. He will be looking for more opportunities with us next season and because he has got a very level head on his shoulders, we're optimistic on what he can do with us moving forward".
You can catch Evan's first interview in full below.