Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
Gareth Barry has praised the staff around Everton for making him feel welcome so quickly.
The 32-year-old has been at Brighton, Aston Villa and Manchester City before making the loan move to Everton, but believes he has never settled into a new club as quickly as he has done at Goodison Park.
Barry made the move to Aston Villa from Brighton and Hove Albion as a trainee in 1997. The deal was a joint move with Michael Standing who failed to break into the Aston Villa squad. The deal could have cost as much as £2.4 million if both players had gone on to have international careers.
After making almost 450 appearances for Aston Villa, he made the move to Man City in July 2009 which cost a cool £12million.
He made 175 appearances for Manchester City before making the loan switch to Everton.
"People who I`ve spoken to who have played for Everton say this is a good family club and you`ll enjoy going there, but until you do go in you don`t know what to expect.' Barry told The Echo.
He continued: "But I do get that feeling. Of the two transfers I`ve had in my career I`ve settled here a lot quicker and that`s credit to the people around the training ground and around Goodison."
Speaking about how the first part of the season has gone for Everton he added: "It`s been a stop-start season and that`s frustrating, You want that run of 10 games to really get in a rhythm and get your fitness to 100% and be playing at your peak.
"So hopefully there`s better to come from me. But there`s another international break coming and hopefully we`ll reap the benefits over Christmas when we`ve still got fresh legs while others have been playing international football."
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Date:Wednesday October 23 2013
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