Everton announced the departure of Gareth Barry on Tuesday evening, and the supporters have been sending their well-wishes on social media.
The midfielder has joined West Bromwich Albion on an initial one-year deal, presumably due to his desire to play regularly this season.
— Everton (@Everton) August 15, 2017
Barry was always expected to fight for his place at Goodison Park during the 2017-18 campaign following the recent arrival of Davy Klaassen and rumoured incoming Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Under manager Ronald Koeman last season, the 36-year-old started 23 Premier League games and came off the bench in a further 10.
He was also named Everton’s Player of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season at the end of the campaign.
During his time at Everton, which spanned four years, Barry made 154 appearances and scored five goals.
Before moving to the blue half of Merseyside, the midfielder spent 11 years at Aston Villa and five at Manchester City.
After Barry finalised his switch to The Hawthorns, Everton supporters expressed their sadness in him leaving.
😭😭😭 Good luck Gaz Baz, I hope you'll look back and consider us home when you finish. One of the best in recent years 💙
— Rob R (@robr7373) August 15, 2017
— evertonfcpics (@GoodisonPics) August 15, 2017
I genuinly feel gutted. But best of luck to him, hes too good not to be playing. He'll get great reception when he comes back with wba.
— John efc (@jmalcolm1328) August 15, 2017
Probably one of our best signings of the last 5/10 years. Absolute gem! Good luck.
— Neil Tyler (@Tyler_ND6) August 15, 2017
Sad to see him go, been brilliant for us. Good luck #GarethBarry
— Ste Harkin (@steharkin) August 15, 2017
— Steve C (@StevieC30) August 15, 2017
What a top professional he is. Sorry to see him go. Deffo one of the most notable players in the history of the Premier League. Good luck GB
— Goodison Roar (@GoodisonRoar) August 15, 2017
Absolutely gutted pic.twitter.com/KIO7RZkwWZ
— Trish1878 (@Azzurri1878) August 15, 2017
— Adam Bennett (@adbennoEFC) August 15, 2017
Top pro. Proper old school reliable classy player.
— Liam Rudge (@lwrgwladys) August 15, 2017