Date: 15th August 2017 at 10:22pm
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Late yesterday evening West Bromwich Albion confirmed that we had signed Gareth Barry on a 12 month deal from Everton.

The 53 capped former England international has joined Albion for an undisclosed fee, and has signed an initial 12 month deal with us having turned down the opportunity to extend is time at Goodison Park.

Game time is clearly important as he’s just five games shy of Ryan Gigg’s all time Premier League appearance record.

Speaking to wba.co.uk after penning his new deal, Barry explained.

‘I want to come and help the team. That`s always been the same for me wherever I have played. I want to help the team improve, work hard and hopefully add quality.’

Head coach Tony Pulis said of his capture that he’s the perfect replacement for Darren Fletcher who departed earlier in the summer.

‘There was a big void when we lost ‘Fletch` and Gareth will fill that void. He`s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there. He really wants to play and I`m really looking forward to working with him.’

Chairman John Williams was also pleased to see us get the deal over the line.

‘He`s got an amazing footballing pedigree and everybody will get a buzz from his joining us. We can`t wait to see him in action in our shirt.’

Speaking more about Barry, who is somewhat injured as he comes through the door, Pulis went on to say he had no concerns whatsoever about the 36 year old.

‘We`ve got no doubts about his fitness at all. We`ve checked out all the data and Gareth was in the top five of midfielders in the Premier League in terms of distance covered. There are no issues with his age whatsoever. We`ve also shown at this club that senior players who look after themselves can continue to compete consistently at a very high level. It has become the norm. We`re just really looking forward to working with him and integrating him into our squad. I think he`s going to be a great addition.’

Barry comes in having rejected a new two year deal at Everton, and Pulis was delighted with the experience he brings us and his attitude to game time rather than money.

‘There was a big void when we lost ‘Fletch` and Gareth will fill that void. He`s a fantastic player and I think his attitude towards playing is really gauged by the fact that Everton had offered him a two-year contract to stay there. He feels a one-year contract at West Brom is the best move for him which is tremendous for our club and shows you just how much he wants to play.’

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