Warnock adds defensive steel as Gabbidon signs on

Wales international becomes Rangers’ third free transfer of the summer

New signing Danny Gabbidon is confident he can use his previous Premier League experience with West Ham United to guide the Rs to success in the top flight this season.

Wales international centre-back Gabbidon signed a one-year deal with Rangers on Monday afternoon to become Neil Warnock’s third free transfer signing of the summer after Jay Bothroyd and Kieron Dyer.

The thirty-one-year-old defender, who made almost 100 appearances for the Hammers between 2005 and 2011 and approaching 50 caps for Wales, featured heavily in QPR’s pre-season tour of Cornwall, and said he is relishing the chance to return to the Premier League under Warnock’s guidance.

“Hopefully I can bring experience to the table having played in the Premier League for a number of years,” said Gabbidon, who also made almost 200 appearances for Cardiff City.

“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.

“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.”

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Gabbidon joined the QPR squad as they set off for their tour of Italy, and Warnock admitted he didn’t need to think twice about snapping up the vastly experienced centre-back.

“He’s impressed me in the last 10 days or so that he’s been training with us,” said Warnock.

“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.”

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