He told evertonTV: "It is always nice to be playing centre-half but whether I am alongside Joseph (Yobo) or Stubber (Alan Stubbs), I will just be grateful to be in the team.
"Everybody wanted players for every position. Yak coming in can help AJ and we still have Vic, Vaughany and Faddy.
"If we can keep everybody on their toes that can only be good for the Club. All the players are pushing for the same thing. Everybody knows it is going to be a long season."