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by Hamish Dufton @efchamishdufton

Aiden McGeady is confident Everton have the potential to break into the top four next season.

The winger arrived at Goodison Park in January and quickly became part of the Blues’ tilt at Champions League qualification.

And during his four months at the Club, McGeady has become convinced that Everton’s squad is equipped to go one better than the fifth place they achieved this term.

He said: “We were challenging the top four, so the challenge next season is to go one better and get into that top four.

"With the squad we have got, the manager and the backroom staff, the potential that the players have got, especially seeing as how many of the players are 22, 23, 24, young players, that's got to be our aim.

"We probably out-performed what everybody expected of us from the start of the season.”

Despite joining half-way through the campaign, McGeady had been taking a keen interest in Everton’s development under Roberto Martinez.

And the 28-year-old ex-Celtic man is thrilled to be a part of the attractive style of play the Spaniard has introduced.

He continued: “At the start of the season, the first three games were draws and everyone was thinking, 'This is a different type of football, a different way of playing for Everton'.

"But gradually over time, the manager and the way we play, we have won everyone over. We play football the right way and I think everyone is enjoying it."

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