Gabbidon pleased by QPR move

QPR won the Championship title last season to secure a return to

the top flight after a 15-year absence. Neil Warnock has kept the

crux of his title-winning side intact and has so far brought in

four new signings over the summer. Gabbidon says he had offers from

a number of other clubs, but was swayed by the ambition of Warnock

and the club. “I wasn’t too bothered about being in London, I was

keen to go wherever I needed to really,” he said. “After meeting

the manager and seeing what he had to say – and the club obviously

did really well last season – I just thought it would be a good

challenge for me. “I’d had five years at West Ham and there was up

and downs there. My contract finished there and I was looking for a

fresh start and a new challenge somewhere else. “I liked how the

manager spoke and what he had to say about the club and what he

wanted to do. “I just kind of felt it would be a good option for me

so I went there and trained with them for a week. “I think they

were quite happy with what they saw as well so it was good to sign

on the dotted line.” Gabbidon has been with the club for two weeks

now and has been impressed with what he has seen from his new

team-mates. “I don’t see why [we cannot stay up],” he said.

“Confidence and hunger goes a long way in a team. “QPR had a good

season last year and they will be looking to take that on so the

confidence is already there. “A lot of the players have not played

in the Premier League before so that hunger to do well will go a

long way. “Then if you add the quality we have got to that then I

don’t see why we cannot stay up. “Obviously we will have to try and

get off to a good start as that always helps. “Don’t get me wrong,

it is going to be a tough season but there is no reason why we

can’t do well. “The start is very important and if we can get off

well and make our stadium a bit of a fortress then it will go a

long way. “We’re all looking forward to it and I think we can do

something good.” QPR announced their fourth signing of the summer

on Thursday, with Blackpool striker DJ Campbell joining the club on

a two-year deal. Wantaway Southampton winger Jason Puncheon is

expected to be the next player to join Warnock’s side and Gabbidon

believes the pair have the mental needed to push the squad forward.

“I know DJ Campbell and I think he showed last season that he is

more than capable of playing in the Premier League,” he added. “He

scored goals and did really well and I’ve seen Puncheon play quite

a lot of times and I quite like him as a player as well.”