By Liam Thomas

22nd Sep, 2022 | 9:40pm

Everton defender Conor Coady at the forefront of Football For Change charity

Everton star Conor Coady is at the forefront of a charity aimed at helping youngsters in deprived areas called Football For Change.

Coady is a driving force behind the efforts, which is also backed by fellow scousers Jamie Carragher and Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The charity is putting on an outstanding event at the Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday, where Oasis legend Noel Gallagher will perform.

Speaking to Mailsport, Coady spoke highly about the event and how he has the opportunity to provide youngsters with a better future due to the platform football has given him.

“As footballers we have an opportunity to help people and we are doing our best to do that, which is supporting Football for Change.

“I feel I am awfully lucky to do this job and to have the chance to help. No one is asking us to do this, we want to do it.

“I was very lucky growing up, I had a fantastic family behind me, I wanted to play football and was lucky enough to do that, but some people don’t have that chance. In Football for Change, there are so many people from different backgrounds trying push and help.”

Captain fantastic.

Coady was handed the Everton captaincy by Frank Lampard for Sunday’s game against West Ham and didn’t disappoint in a rallying performance.

The defender has struck up a great centre-back partnership with fellow summer signing James Tarkowski and the duo are gaining many plaudits.

They have both arguably been the Blue’s best players so far this campaign and their strong partnership will be vital for any push up the Premier League the team makes.

If Coady’s fine form continues, Lampard will in no doubt push to make him a permanent signing; the club currently only have his services on a season-long loan.

The 29-year-old’s instant impact at Goodison Park has been an exciting insight into what may come from him if he prolonged his stay on Merseyside.

Experience and professionalism are two words that spring to mind from Coady’s performances this campaign and he can guide the Toffees to a brighter future.