Hammers Swoop To Sign Cardiff Duo!

WEST Ham United are delighted to announce a fantastic double signing with defensive duo James Collins and Danny Gabbidon joining from Cardiff City on long-term contracts.

Gabbidon began his career at West Bromwich Albion, before joining the Bluebirds for £175,000 in September 2000 making 217 appearances at Ninian Park and establishing himself as a top young defender.

He made his international debut for Wales against the Czech Republic in March 2002 and has since become a key member of the international side, winning 17 full caps.

Hammers boss Alan Pardew believes the signing of Danny is fantastic for the Hammers.

He said: "Danny comes to West Ham United with a lot of experience for a player of his age.

"At just 25-years-old he is already a key player for the Welsh national team and has shown a lot of maturity in his performances.

"Pace and agility will be his major assets as Danny makes the transition to the Premier League. He has already shown at international level that he has what it takes to perform at the highest level."

James Collins graduated from the Cardiff City youth system to make his first-team debut in November 2000 against Bristol Rovers in the FA Cup, aged just 17.

He went on to establish himself as a star of the Bluebirds first-team, capping an excellent season last term with a fine display in Cardiff's narrow 1-0 defeat at Upton Park.

Born in Newport, Collins made 85 appearances for Cardiff and has won 5 full caps for Wales, the first of which came in May 2004 against Norway.

Alan Pardew was delighted to secure the 21-year-old's signature.

Pards said: "James is an excellent prospect. He is probably lacking experience as he joins the Club, but do not underestimate his potential.

"At 21 he has already played for the Welsh national side, and with the signing of James and Danny we now have five of the best young centre-backs in the country."

Danny Gabbidon

Born: Cwmbran, Wales
Date of Birth: 8th August 1979
Height: 5ft 10ins
Position: Central Defender
Previous Clubs: West Brom, Cardiff City
International: 17 Full Wales Caps

James Collins

Born: Newport, Wales
Date of Birth: 23rd August 1983
Height: 6ft 2ins
Position: Defender
Previous Clubs: Cardiff City
International: 5 Full Wales Caps