West Bromwich Albion: Fans split on potential Gareth Barry return

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West Bromwich Albion fans were completely divided over a potential return to the club for Gareth Barry.

The 38-year-old was released from his contract back in June, but manager wants the player to return after his successful rehabilitation of a career-threatening knee injury.

But a deal for the Premier League’s record appearance holder hit a stumbling block last week after it emerged the Baggies were locked in a financial dispute with his former club Everton over an unpaid clause.

Now though, it appears that’s been sorted, much to the delight of Bilic.

He told Express & Star: “He’s been there before in big games, has massive experience, massive quality and that’s why we want him to sign as soon as possible.

“He’s close. He had an operation on his knee and he worked really hard. To cut a long story short he’s been training with us and he looks good.”

Fans on were split at the news of Barry’s potential return.

What do we think?

Gareth has had a superb career and he could have called it quits in the summer and that fact would have stayed the same. Now, it seems he wants one final go at competitive football. Baggies fans will be hoping his experience can help take the club all the way back to the Premier League this season, as he managed to take them to the play-offs in the last campaign with a total of 24 Championship appearances to his name (TransferMarkt).

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