Gareth Barry has admitted that he was beginning to 'fear the worst' as a season-long loan switch from Manchester City to Everton wasn't completed until after the summer transfer window slammed shut.
The ex-Villa player wanted to move to a team where he was guaranteed first team football after falling down the pecking order at Manchester City.
He has not been involved at all in City's opening three games this season. His contract with City comes to an end next summer and he had been told by the Manchester club that he was not be guaranteed first-team football in the 2013-14 title campaign.
The on-loan City player told ITV: "Obviously if anyone is told they are not wanted or you are not going to feature you are going to be disappointed.
"It was made clear I would not be guaranteed regular first-team football at City and I would have to wait for injuries before I would get my chance."
32-year-old Barry went on to say: "That’s why I made my mind up to move. I have had four great years at City and went there to win trophies which we were lucky enough to achieve. I have nothing but good things to say about the club.
"But I’m really looking forward to meeting up with the lads and helping Everton to progress."
After being lucky enough to play regular football throughout his career the former England International wanted to establish himself again playing first-team football.
After Everton were the ones to swoop in with an offer, Barry will help fill the hole left by the departure of midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Manchester United.
And Barry is looking forward to the prospect of helping push Everton to the top four of the Premier League.
"I know all about Everton’s history and it’s a fantastic club. I’ve enjoyed playing games at Goodison Park, the atmosphere is always fantastic."
"I want to try to establish myself in the first team here, get a regular spot in the team and try to get a consistent run of games and good form together."
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