Khouri signs contract extension to 2026

We are delighted to confirm that midfielder Evan Khouri has signed a two-year contract extension that will take his time with the Mariners through to the end of the 2025-26 season.

20-year-old Khouri joined the Mariners on a two-year scholarship in summer 2019 and made his debut as a second-half substitute in a 1-1 draw against Morecambe in the EFL Cup in September 2020 and signed his first professional contract with Town in April 2021.

After being part of the squad that earned a return to the EFL in 2022, Khouri signed a new two-year contract with the Club and, last term, was part of the Mariners squad that reached the Emirates FA Cup Quarter-Finals for the first time since 1939. He also helped the Club to their highest league position since 2006 with an eleventh-placed finish in Sky Bet League Two.

On Khouri extending his time with the Club, manager Paul Hurst said: “I’m really pleased that we’ve agreed a deal with Evan. This season hasn’t quite gone as we would have hoped so far, particularly with his injury, but that doesn’t change how we feel about him or the potential we believe he has.

“Last season, he had a really good spell when he was involved in the first team and we’re looking to build on that. Each year, I feel he has improved and he came back in really good shape in pre-season. In the end, he didn’t quite force his way into that starting line up but he’s still a very young player.

“He’s got a great future ahead of him and he has a lot of the attributes that we look for as well as the right attitude. He’s certainly a very committed professional and fits into the category of ‘one of our own.’

“I’m delighted we’ve got him for a few more years yet.”

After signing his new deal, Khouri said: “It means everything to me, I’m so happy to be staying here.

“There were talks at the end of last season as part of my end of season review with the gaffer. It’s been in the works for a while so to finally sign is a really proud moment for me.

“It means a lot. To get the backing of the gaffer with being offered this deal is great and really important to have that security as well as showing that he has that belief in me.

“I’m hoping to build as a person, as a character on the field and off the field while looking to push for that starting place. To play football is what I really want to do so I’m really keen to play as much football as possible over the next few years, that’s my aim.”

Everyone at the Club would like to congratulate Evan on signing his new deal and we’re all looking forward to seeing him back out on the pitch once he recovers from his current injury.



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