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Player on West Brom radar opens up on future

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West Bromwich Albion target Gareth Barry has opened up on his future and revealed he believes he can still offer something as a player.

Barry made 27 appearances for the Baggies last season, wearing the captain’s armband on occasion.

The 38-year-old is currently a free agent but is recovering from knee surgery at West Brom.

New boss Slaven Bilic has claimed the club plan on signing him when he returns to full fitness.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Barry suggested that he still has some left in the tank as a player.

He explained: “I haven’t really thought about coaching and I haven’t done my badges because I don’t want to take my eye off my playing career.

“I think while you are still enjoying it, the motivation is there. I am still very competitive when I am out there training.

“The motivation comes easily for me and I have never found training hard work.

“I am working hard to get my knee right, doing rehab at West Brom. I just need to get fit.

“I am sure that if I do so I will be capable of doing what I have been doing for the last 20 years. Hopefully, I have got one more season in me.”

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The Verdict

Barry has had a hugely impressive career and has shown a longevity that few players are capable of.

His experience will make him a real asset to Bilic’s squad, which features a number of young players and signings that are new to English football.

He showed last season that he was still capable footballer and a useful asset to have on the pitch, so if he can get back to that level following his knee injury he should improve Bilic’s squad.

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