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by Adam Clark @efc_adamclark

Everton new boy Aiden McGeady is hoping his international connections can help him settle quickly into life at Goodison Park.

In Seamus Coleman, Darron Gibson and James McCarthy, the incoming winger has linked up with three of his Republic of Ireland teammates on Merseyside - while Steven Naismith is another familiar face from their time competing on opposite sides in the Glasgow derby.

With so much advice to call on, McGeady didn't miss the opportunity to do his homework ahead of penning a four-and-a-half year deal - and says the feedback he received convinced him he was heading to the right new home.

The 27-year-old is now away with the Club at a warm weather training camp in Tenerife where he is getting acquainted with the remainder of his new colleagues.

But speaking to evertontv ahead of the trip, the former Spartak Moscow star said: "I spoke to quite a lot of the boys and I met everyone and it seems like a good bunch of lads.  

"Obviously I know Darron and Seamus and James, and I know Steven Naismith from playing against him a few years ago. At the moment it's a little bit like the first day at school again, but hopefully over time I'll get integrated in.

"Everybody I've spoken to has just said it's a great club with great tradition, great fans, and, obviously, a big pull is the manager as well.

"The team are doing well, so hopefully I can come in and add to it in some way."

That could be in providing a versatile and creative new spark to Roberto Martinez's attack, with the winger laying out the areas where he believes he can improve the fifth-placed Toffees.

"I'm a winger, I can come inside and I'm predominantly right footed but I can play off my left as well," he explained. "My main attribute is probably going past people. That's probably the strongest part of my game - that and setting up goals.

"At the minute, I just want to get myself fit because I haven't played for a long time - I've been off the last month and a bit. Then I want to get myself in the team, start playing and start winning games."

Don't miss your next chance to see Everton in action at Goodison Park. Tickets for the game against Aston Villa on Saturday 1 February (3pm) are now on general sale. To buy, click here or call 0871 663 1878*.

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