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Wednesday swoop for signature of former Tottenham defender Gardner

Championship Sheffield Wednesday have completed the signing of Crystal Palace defender Anthony Gardner on a two-year deal. The former Tottenham and Hull centre-back spent the past two seasons with Palace where he was out of contract.

"This is a great move for me," said Gardner. "I am really impressed with the ambition of the manager and the chairman and, as everyone knows, Sheffield Wednesday have a huge fan base. The club has the ambition and the drive to succeed and that is what has attracted me to Hillsborough."

He added: "I have played a lot of my career in the Premiership and that is where I want to return to. I have no intention of coming to a club that is just out to consolidate in the Championship. I want to succeed and that is why I have come to Sheffield Wednesday."

Owls boss Dave Jones added: "I am really pleased to bring a player of Anthony's calibre to the club. It has taken a little longer than anticipated because of circumstances - he was away while I was away and vice versa but I kept in contact with him throughout that time.

"He gave me his word and he stuck to it. Anthony is a quality player and a leader, with Championship and Premiership pedigree. He will help take Sheffield Wednesday forward."

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