Former Everton striker James Vaughan has been appointed head of academy recruitment and player pathways.

Vaughan re-joined the club from Tranmere in September 2022, becoming the club’s loan pathways manager.

Vaughan told EvertonTV of his excitement in taking up his new role.

He said: “This is a new role I am extremely passionate and excited about and to be given the opportunity to do it at Everton is a real honour.

“I said when I re-joined the club 18 months ago it felt like I’d come home.

“It’s a privilege to be here, knowing what the club means to so many people. I know because I feel that, too.

“We want the best for Everton and I will work relentlessly in helping to achieve our wider goal of building a bright future for this club.”

Vaughan came through Everton’s academy, playing 61 times and scoring nine goals.

He became the Premier League‘s youngest goal-scorer with his effort against Crystal Palace on April 10, 2005.

Vaughan continued his career, making 414 appearances across 13 clubs, scoring 122 goals.

(James Vaughan – Everton FC – image from Alamy under agreed licence)