Conor Coady has recalled the moment he knew he had to leave Wolves.
The 29-year-old has joined Everton on a season-long loan, with the option to buy, in what is a major coup for the Toffees whose defence has been ravaged by injuries.
Coady made more than 300 appearances in seven seasons at Wolves, having previously joined from Huddersfield Town in 2015.
The Liverpool academy product was the club’s captain and an ever-present in the starting line-up during his seven seasons there.
But he was dropped to the bench for Wanderers’ first game of the new Premier League campaign on Saturday – a 2-1 defeat to Leeds – as manager Bruno Lage preferred a pairing of Max Kilman and Nathan Collins in central defence.
Meanwhile, Everton lost centre-back Ben Godfrey on the opening day of the season as he suffered a broken leg against Chelsea, which led to the Toffees making their approach for Coady.
Coady’s quick departure came as a big surprise to many Wolves fans, but the defender joined talkSPORT to open up on his Molineux exit and explain why he felt the time was right to leave, and why he’s delighted to join Everton.
“I’ve over the moon,” Coady said in an exclusive interview on talkSPORT Breakfast.
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“I will be honest with you, pre-season at Wolves was tough. For five or six years I’ve played every minute, I’ve made sure I’ve been fit and ready and it was the same in pre-season, but as footballers you get a little bit of a vibe, like something is coming here, something is not right.
“I was feeling things in training. Listen, I love that club, I have done for seven years, it’s a very special club, but I could feel things, I could feel something was happening.
“A lot of people have mentioned that I wanted to go because of the World Cup, it’s not just because of that. I’m 29 and I want to be playing football for every single minute of my life, that never ever changes with me.
“So whether it was a World Cup year or not, I would still want to play football, I don’t want to be sat on the bench. I was there on the opening day against Leeds and I didn’t like it.
“I tried to help the boys as much as I could, I was there, I was talking, I was trying to do my best and what I always do, but I didn’t like it.
“So to get this opportunity to join Everton, and get it done, it’s proud moment for me.
“It was a tough decision, it really was. Wolves a special club filled with incredibly special people, but I got the feeling that things weren’t right, things weren’t the same.
“I’m 29 and I want to be playing football and helping a football club, and I’m lucky enough that i’m helping this football club now and I want to help Everton as much as a possibly can.
“I want to help the supporters and make people proud. That doesn’t chance, but I need to be playing to be doing that.
“To get this opportunity, I feel really privileged.”
Coady also insisted there was ever any ill-feeling between him and Wolves as he negotiated his exit, and thanked the club for helping him depart on good terms.
“I’m really appreciative to Wolves, they’ve been fantastic with me,” the defender said.
“I’ve spoken to them every step of the way. Wolves have always come and spoken to me about what’s going on, in terms of this week and the interest from Everton.
“I told them this [Everton] was the only place I wanted to be, I wanted to be part of it. I know how big the club is from growing up, I know how big it is for the people of the city as well, so this was where I wanted to be .
“The transfer itself has been great, but I’m very appreciative to Wolves for helping me with that.”
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