Transfer news

QPR snap up Gabbidon

July 25, 2011
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Queens Park Rangers have announced the signing of defender Danny Gabbidon.

Danny Gabbidon
GettyImagesWelshman Danny Gabbidon made close to 100 league appearances during his six-year stay at Upton Park

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Gabbidon, 31, was a free agent after parting company with relegated West Ham at the end of last season. He has now put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal with Premier League side QPR.

The Welshman, who made 89 league starts for the Hammers, said: "I'm delighted to be here. My agent spoke to the manager and he said to come down and train for a week. It went from there.

"He was a big part in me joining the club. I've been quite impressed by him. He's straight talking, which I like. If you're doing something right I think he'll be the first to tell you and, if you're not, he'll be the first to tell you again.

"As a player, that's what you want. I was impressed with what he had to say about the club and what he wants to do this season. I think we can do well. The lads showed last season that they're already confident and hungry to do well in the Premier League.

"Hopefully I can bring experience to the table having played in the Premier League for a number of years. I know the ins and outs of the league, and what's required. There are a lot of good players here already but hopefully, with my ability, I can add something to the team."

Hoops boss Neil Warnock told the club's official website: "He's impressed me in the last 10 days or so that he's been training with us. I think he's just the type of player we need - a quality defender with plenty of experience.

"I hope I can reinvigorate his career, because a couple of years ago I thought he was one of the best defenders in the country."