Holland international John Heitinga happily settling in at Goodison: Everton FC latest

31 December 2009 10:00
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JOHN HEITINGA believes he is happily settling into his role with Everton after a turbulent start to his Toffees career.

The Dutch international swapped Spanish giants Athletico Madrid for a club who had achieved back-to-back fifth place finishes in the premier league and reached an FA Cup final.

He hoped the Blues would make an early charge for this season's top five after his £6m move, but has instead been pitched into a stuttering campaign.

The 26-year-old has been asked to play in various positions, from right-back to central midfield, by David Moyes as he tries to manage an injury ravaged squad.

Now he is forging an ever-improving central defence partnership with fellow summer recruit Lucas Neill, and after the Blues' recent run of undefeated games he feels things are on the up.

He said: 'It's difficult for me because when I joined they had just finished fifth the previous two seasons. It's not easy of course with all the teams in the Premier League to finish every year in that place.

'Since I'm here we've been missing so many players and I've already played so many positions in the team and I hope we can get more settled in the future.

'With or big players starting to return soon I know we can go on and do well this season.'

Source: Liverpool_Echo