McGeady checks in at Everton

Alan Foley

Reporter:

Alan Foley

McGeady checks in at Everton
Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady was paraded at Goodison Park on Saturday as Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s latest signing.

Republic of Ireland international Aiden McGeady was paraded at Goodison Park on Saturday as Everton manager Roberto Martinez’s latest signing.

Glasgow-born McGeady qualifies for Ireland as his paternal grandparents are from Glassagh in Gweedore.

The 27-year-old played for Celtic before making the move to Spartak Moscow for £10.5million in 2010.

“I am absolutely delighted,” he told evertontv. “It has sort of been a long time coming. There was talk over the summer but I am just delighted that it’s done and dusted.

“I was close to joining the manager a year ago when he was at Wigan. He has obviously come here and proved a lot of people wrong. He plays football the right way and got a few good results along the way. I just want to play for a big club like this and I am relishing the challenge.”

McGeady joins a strong north-west connection of Ireland internationals at the Premier League club. Seamus Coleman from Killybegs is having a fine season, as is James McCarthy, who, like McGeady, is from Glasgow but represents Ireland as his ancestry is from west Donegal, in his case Doirenamainsear in Annagry. Derry native Darron Gibson is also on the club’s books.