Danny Gabbidon says he was just happy to contribute to Crystal Palace’s promotion-winning campaign, after starting the season without a club.
The Welsh international signed for the Eagles on a free transfer in September last year, after impressing during a trial with the club. But just eight months later, the former West Brom, Cardiff, West Ham and QPR centre-back finds himself back in the Premier League.
Speaking after Palace's 1-0 win over Watford in the Championship Play-Off Final, Gabbidon told Palace Player: “Football is a crazy game. Earlier in the season, I joined a bit late and was sitting out watching most of the games when the lads were doing so well. I was kind of just hoping that at some point I could contribute to the season.
“To come in towards the end of the season and play and for us to get to the Promised Land now makes me feel really good inside. Just to contribute feels great.”
The 33-year-old became an integral part of a regular back four towards the end of the campaign, alongside Joel Ward, Damien Delaney and Dean Moxey. And Gabbidon was delighted with the form they displayed as a unit during the play-offs.
He added: “The semi-final and the final we’ve kept three clean sheets and that’s what you’ve got to do when the pressure’s on, you’ve got to stand up and be counted and we did that.
“The end of the season wasn’t too good results-wise and a few people were doubting us, but we’ve come through strong and shown them what a good team we are. It’s great for the defence – me, Rambo, Delaney as well. We get on really well and we’re all so happy for each other right now.”
Gabbidon has appeared for both West Ham and QPR in English football’s top tier – and he can’t wait to play in the Premier League again.
“It’s the place to be,” he said. “Just the thought of our fans going to Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal, those kind of teams, playing against those teams next season, there’s no better place to play your football. To have done it now is the best feeling ever. I can’t really describe how I’m feeling.”
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