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Gabbidon happy after QPR switch

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Danny Gabbidon is looking forward to a fresh start with QPR and believes the club can stave off relegation on their return to the Barclays Premier League.

The R's won the npower Championship under manager Neil Warnock last season to secure a return to the top flight after a 15-year absence. The former Sheffield United boss has kept the crux of his title-winning side intact and has brought in four new signings so far this summer, including former West Ham defender Gabbidon.

"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," said Gabbidon.

"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."

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