Gardner hoping to play a part

Defender confident of helping European push

Gardner: Impressed by Toffees

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On-loan defender Anthony Gardner has set his sights on helping Everton into the UEFA Champions League.

The centre-half moved to Goodison Park from Tottenham on transfer deadline day and has been impressed by what he has seen so far.

With the Toffees currently occupying fourth spot in the Premier League, and making good progress in the Uefa Cup, Gardner is understandably keen to get involved as soon as possible.

He is currently recovering from a slight knock and is ineligible for European games, but once available for selection he remains confident of being able to force his way into David Moyes' plans.

Cup-tied

"I'm just looking forward to working with the boys and getting out on the football field and showing what I can do," Gardner told Everton's official website.

"Hopefully I can contribute to what Everton are trying to do this year.

"It's unfortunate that I won't be involved in the Uefa Cup because I'm cup-tied from the earlier round with Spurs.

Recovering well

"But hopefully I can get some minutes on the pitch and show the fans what I can do because Everton are in a very strong position at the minute.

"They're trying to push on to the Champions League so if I can help that in any way with my abilities, then I will be more than happy.

"I think I'm about 10 days away from playing. There's just something I need to clear up and then I will see if I can get myself into contention and hopefully if I get a chance to play I can show the fans what I can do.

Strong squad

Moyes brought Gardner in after allowing Alan Stubbs to join Derby and the defender believes that his versatility will help add an extra dimension to the Everton squad.

"I spoke to the manager briefly and I know that the club is doing very well at the moment," he said.

"There are good defenders here and there's a strong squad but I think he feels that I can add to that squad.

"If the chance comes along and he needs someone to step in, I will be more than capable of doing that.

"I'll be happy to play wherever I am asked. I can guarantee that I'll be doing my best and I'll be trying to make the team get the results that are needed to get up the league or to cement the position they're in at the moment."