SYLVAIN DISTIN admits he has got his work cut out to continue being an Everton regular.
The experienced Frenchman has been an ever present in the Toffee’s central defence so far this season, but insists he is kept on his toes by having World Cup finalist John Heitinga competing for his place.
And Distin, 33, is determined to push himself harder than ever in training to prevent the ageing process from slowing him down.
He said: “I’m realistic. I’m 33, I’m not playing for my country, and the two main guys I compete for my position with are an England international and a Dutch World Cup finalist.
“I can’t relax and sit back and rely on my experience. They are top central defenders. I need to work harder if I can.
“I know it won’t last forever, although I enjoy it and feel fit. But I know I’m closer to the end than the beginning so I do everything I can to slow down the affects of time.”
Distin’s rock-solid performances have so far meant David Moyes has had no reason to consider resting him.
But the former Manchester City and Newcastle defender believes his partnership with Phil Jagielka can still get better.
“I’ve said before. We don’t need to communicate on the pitch a lot, we have a natural understanding during games,” he said. “I’ve played most of the games here alongside him. It takes time to build the connection, like any relationship in life. We’re getting better all the time and we need to keep improving.”
Meanwhile, Everton target Dan Burn has agreed to sign for Fulham. The 18-year-old Darlington central defender will move to Craven Cottage this summer after agreeing a three-year-contract with Mark Hughes’ side.