Everton veteran Leighton Baines says that although it might be “a stretch” for him to run out at Bramley Moore Dock as a player, he will be there as an Evertonian.
The 34 year old signed a new one-year extension to his contract at Everton this summer, but it is highly unlikely he will still be an Everton player even if the Blues get planning permission early next year, when Bramley Moore Dock opens for football.
The Blues unveiled plans for the new stadium this evening in an event which saw over a thousand Everton fans and stakeholders invited as the 52,000 seater stadium was revealed.
Former players, current players, shareholders and directors were among the guests as the plans were revealed, and Baines says that he is impressed with what is being done.
“It’s definitely a stretch to imagine me running out there as a player but one thing’s for sure: I’ll at least be there as an Evertonian,” he told Sky Sports.
“The designs and the planning have been done with Goodison in mind and trying to recreate as much of that atmosphere and feeling of intimacy as we can and that’s great to hear.
“The times are that you always have to keep moving and growing, whether that be as a person, a business, a football club so we’ll try to continue that and bring our own history and develop our soul at the new stadium.”