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Barry aims to 'go places' with Toffees

Last Updated: Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:00
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Gareth Barry signed a permanent deal at Everton and is hoping to "go places" by improving on last season's fifth-placed league finish.

The 33-year-old England international midfielder, who spent last season on loan at Goodison Park, penned a three-year deal on Tuesday evening having become a free agent following the expiration of his contract with Premier League champions Manchester City.

Barry enjoyed a successful spell under Toffees boss Roberto Martinez, making 36 appearances, as the Merseysiders pushed Arsenal close for a top-four finish.

And with plans to bring in up to six new faces to help the squad cope with Europa League football in addition to domestic action, Barry feels there is plenty to feel positive about.

He said: "From the moment I signed last year I settled in straight away. There is a fantastic history here and it was brilliant working with the manager.

"I have learned so much from him, it is a great set of players and the fans were fantastic last year - just everything about Everton feels right. The training ground, the facilities, the history - there is so much that is positive about the club."

Barry added: "In terms of a whole season, last season has to be one of my best - the performances the team put out, the club record points total in the Premier League, the big wins, there were so many positives.

"But that is last season. Now we try to improve on that and if we do improve then we are going to be going to some very good places.

"The whole squad is always so keen to learn and never satisfied. From the manager right through the coaching staff to the players, everybody wants to improve.

"We will have to treat this season with respect - it is going to be very different with the Europa League and there are a lot more games.

"But I'm sure the manager will have his plans for that challenge ready and I'm looking forward to it."

Punters looking to use a free bet can back Barry to help Everton start their new Premier League campaign with three points when they travel to face newly-promoted Leicester City on Saturday August 16.

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