The young defender – who turned 21 years old today – suffered an ankle injury back in October, but bounced back to score his maiden goal for the Toffees, reach his 50th appearance in the Royal Blue jersey and scoop the Club’s Young Player of the Season award at the 10th Annual End of Season awards ceremony last Wednesday to cap off another impressive campaign.
“Personally, it’s been a big learning curve and I think I’ve grown as a person, as well as a player” – Stones
And speaking to evertonTV, Stones was able to reflect on his personal achievements as well as a season he described as a ‘learning curve’ for himself and his team mates.
“It’s hard to put it into words how much it means to know the fans have voted for me,” he reflected. “It’s an honour and a massive achievement in my book because there have been some great players who have won this award in the past – now I have one and I’m very proud of it.
“I didn’t expect everything to happen so soon, it’s as simple as that. I think you just want to try and get games and be around the first team when I first came in, but I’ve played for England and made more than 50 appearances for Everton.
“It’s gone very quickly – I’ve been over the moon with how it has gone and hopefully there is plenty more to come as well.
“We all know the results and performances haven’t been good enough, but I think we’ve shown a lot of character and determination.
“Personally, it’s been a big learning curve and I think I’ve grown as a person, as well as a player.
“I’m always looking to improve. I’m always looking to keep the goals out – but I’d love to add a couple more if I could.”