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SYLVAIN SERVICE CAN GO ON; Martinez hails veteran defender's qualities EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: GREG O'KEEFFE Everton Reporter

SYLVAIN DISTIN is likely to be offered a new contract at Everton when his current deal expires, as Roberto Martinez declared he is amazed at the defender's physical prowess.

The French centre-back will be 36 when his terms come up for review next June, and Martinez maintained that age will be no barrier when it comes to retaining his services.

He said: "For us he's a terrific example who will be here as long as he wants. When you work with players like him you realise that age is insignificant.

"Leaders like him are important in the dressing room. I cannot see him not perfor ming."

Distin has started all three of the Blues Premier League games so far this term, building on his impressive 40 appearances for the club last season.

And Martinez admits he is amazed at the dedication which keeps the Premier League veteran in such top condition.

"Nobody works harder than him every day," he said.

"Age really is just a number for him.

"It doesn't reflect where he is. Sylvain will play as long as he wants to.

"The way he maintains himself you cannot belive. You bang your head against a wall to try and understand how he can train and perform in the manner he does with his years.

"When you try to explain to the younger players that they need to look after their bodies, Sylvain is the example.

"He has great experience and the reality is he knows how to use it."

Meanwhile, young left-back Luke Garbutt has joined Colchester United on an initial 28 day loan.

The 20-year-old links up with the League One outfit ahead of their game against Bradford today.

Garbutt arrived from Leeds four years ago and has progressed through the academy sides to become a regular for the Blues' Under-21 team.

He made his only full Everton appearance in last season's League Cup having enjoyed a successful seasonlong loan at Cheltenham Town the previous campaign.

It's a move which has been met with approval by Everton's Under-21s manager Alan Stubbs.

He said: "It's a chance for Luke to go out and play some competitive games which will help his experience.

"His loan is for 28 days which means he has the opportunity to play five matches. Colchester play Bradford, Crawley, Bristol City, Wolves and Walsall in that time, four of which are in the top half of the table so it will be good for his development."

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PRAISE: Everton manager Roberto Martinez (below) has hailed veteran defender Sylvain Distin
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