MATTHEW PENNINGTON - DEFENDER
BORN: 6 OCTOBER 1994
Pennington joined Everton at the age of 11. In July 2013, he signed a new contract which would keep him at the club until the summer of 2015, that then was followed by a three-year deal taking him to 2018. He played in two friendlies during July 2015 against Dundee and Leeds United and then made his full debut against Barnsley in the League Cup on 26 August 2015.
On 2 January 2014, Pennington joined League One side Tranmere Rovers on a one month's loan deal. He was then recalled by Everton on 22 February 2014 to strengthen their under-21 squad. On 27 March 2014, he re-joined Tranmere on loan again, this time until the end of the season.
On 27 November 2014, Pennington joined Coventry City on loan during which time he played 25 times and was voted as Coventry City Young Player of the Year 2014–15, voted for by Coventry City manager Tony Mowbray and his coaching staff.
On 23 March 2016, Pennington joined Walsall on loan until the end of the season, where he played just 5 matches for the club, before Everton activated a recall clause just 28 days into his loan spell.
He was recalled to be available for Everton's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United. After picking up a hamstring injury in the final day of the Premier League 2015/16 season.
After returning from injury, his first goal came on 1 April 2017, in the all-important Merseyside derby against Liverpool, although equalising the game at 1–1, it ended eventual 3–1 loss for the boys in blue.
On 19 July 2017, Pennington joined Leeds United on a season-long loan, for a reported loan fee of £500,000. However once again injury hampered his progress and after 24 appearances, on 18 May 2018, Leeds announced Pennington would be returning to his parent club upon the expiry of his loan.
He returned to Everton to play in the 2018–19 pre-season under their new Manager, one well known to Tiger fans, Marco Silva. Pennington signed a new long-term contract at the club keeping him there until the end of the 2021 season.
August 2018, saw Pennington join Ipswich Town on loan until the end of the season. He scored his first goal (and last) for the club in a 2–2 draw against Birmingham City in September 2018, however he was later sent off in the same match. In total Matthew made a total of 30 appearances for the Tractor Boys.
On 8 August 2019, Pennington joined Hull City on loan for the 2019–20 season.