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Gareth Barry has admitted he’s settled quicker into life at Everton than he did at parent club Manchester City.

Barry was one of several big-name arrivals at Eastlands in the summer of 2009 when Mark Hughes overhauled his squad and splashed out in excess of £115million bringing in Carlos Tevez, Roque Santa Cruz, Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Sylvinho and Joleon Lescott.

It was the first transfer of Barry’s professional career after spending over a decade in Aston Villa’s first team.

The 32-year-old was faced with a fresh challenge again this summer when he agreed a loan switch to Goodison after being overlooked in pre-season by new City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

And Barry has revealed that adjusting to his new surroundings on Merseyside has been easier than the situation he experienced four years ago.

“I think it probably has,” said Barry when quizzed on whether he has found the switch to Everton more comfortable than he anticipated.

“It’s only the second transfer in my career. Certainly at City it took me a lot longer to feel part of the team and part of the club but here it has felt that bit different.

“Everybody has welcomed me in and the manager has suited my style, so I think that played a big part in me fitting straight in. Obviously positive results help as well.

“It’s been a mixture of things but I’ve felt part of Everton straight away.”

Barry is set to return to the Everton team this weekend after sitting out the trip to the Etihad Stadium 10 days ago due to Premier League loan rules.

Everton have won all three league matches in which Barry has played so far, though the England international is far too experienced to take another three points for granted on Saturday.

“Of the teams that have come up, Hull have surprised most people,” he said. “I’ve seen a couple of their performances and they have been really solid at the back. At the same time they have caused problems for teams when going forward.

“We’ve got to be really wary and not get too confident because people can get carried away and think this is a more-than-winnable game.

“We have got to stay really focused and produce a performance like Newcastle to get three points.”

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