Luke Garbutt has posted on Twitter on Tuesday morning as he experienced his final day under contract at Everton, following the Toffees confirming they would release the left-back – and supporters responded.
Garbutt, now 27 years of age, first joined Everton as an 18-year-old from Leeds United in 2011. He was expected to go on and become Leighton Baines’ long-term replacement – but he failed to make the grade.
Just 12 senior appearances came in the space of nine years – the majority under the guidance of Roberto Martinez. An England Under-21 international, Garbutt has since been somewhat nomadic in the Football League.
He has just enjoyed an excellent loan spell and the best form of his career with 30 games for Ipswich Town – in which he scored six goals and created three more. But his Everton contract expires on Tuesday, and he posted on Twitter.
Today officially my contract at @Everton has now expired after been at the club for 11 years! The club has been a huge part of my life, and one I had huge pride to represent. There’s been many ups and a few downs which I couldn’t control. @Everton good luck for the future 💙
— Luke Garbutt (@luke_garbutt) June 30, 2020
There is likely to be interest in Garbutt’s services going forward, after his impressive stint in League One. Certainly, Garbutt has plenty of experience, going on loan to Cheltenham, Colchester, Fulham, Wigan, Oxford and Ipswich.
Everton supporters reacted to his post on Twitter as Garbutt enjoyed his last day as an Everton player – nine years after first joining the club. He thanked the supporters, and those fans responded to his post.
Good luck to you young man,you never had the chance to prove yourself in the first team which I thought was wrong, hope you go on to great success.
— Raymond Donegan (@DoneganRaymond) June 30, 2020
Always felt you had more to offer us, let's hope you have better luck elsewhere. All the best!
— TT // Tortured Toffee / 🤨 (@torturedtoffee) June 30, 2020
Good luck Luke. Hope you have a great career in the future x
— blue is the colour (@DJC1953) June 30, 2020
Good luck👍👍 you were the first player my son got an autograph off when he went to his first game 7 years ago. That small moment of your time might seem much but was massive for him at the time👌
— jf (@JJ_Frosti) June 30, 2020
All the very best to you Luke, I'm sure you'll do well wherever you go 💙
— lloyd sloan (@111O1O1O11O) June 30, 2020
Thank you Luke! Good luck with your future! 👏🏻💙💙
— TheMightyBlues (@MightyBluesYT) June 30, 2020