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Gareth Barry

Midfielder

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Biography

Date of birth

23/02/1981

Height

183 cm

Signed

15/08/2017

Country

England

GARETH Barry joined the Baggies from Everton for an undisclosed fee in August 2017.

The former England international, who signed a one-year contract, arrived at The Hawthorns with 628 top-flight appearances to his name and just five games short of surpassing Ryan Giggs' Premier League record of 632.

The 36-year-old departed Goodison Park a firm fans' favourite having picked up the 2015/16 Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season awards.

Barry made 154 appearances in all competitions for the Toffees, scoring five goals.

The Hastings-born midfielder began his football journey at Brighton & Hove Albion before moving to Aston Villa in 1997.

Barry made his Claret and Blues debut in February 1998 and went on to make 441 appearances for the Villa Park club, scoring 52 goals.

He joined Manchester City in the summer of 2009 for £12million, signing a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium.

Barry helped City win The FA Cup in only his second season at the club, beating Stoke City – then managed by Tony Pulis – in the final.

Just 12 months later he played 34 times as City won the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Barry made 175 appearances for the Citizens before joining Everton, initially on loan, in September 2013.

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