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Gardner 'happy at home' in Midlands.

Craig Gardner. says Ben Foster and Liam Ridgewell didn't need to sell Albion to him.

"e trio all played a key role in Birmingham's 2011 League Cup triumph.

Ridgewell may have been released by the Baggies last week but the pair have had good things to say to 27-year-old Gardner.

"Fozzy is a good friend of mine, we've always kept in touch, and it's the same with Ridgy as well," he said. ""ey've always said good things about the club.

"But they didn't really need to sell it to me because I was already taken by the club. It's a great place and I'm just looking forward to next season."

Gardner feels his best years " are still to come after penning a three-year contract with a further year's option in the club's ' favour.

"I've got a lot of friends here and I'm just buzzing that I'm back at home in the Midlands where I enjoy my football the most and feel I play my best football," he said.

"I was linked with West Brom previously and I was just praying it happened this time. Now, eventually, it has happened so I'm over the moon.

"People say you have to be happy at home to be happy in your job - and when you've got your friends and family around you encouraging and supporting youthen that's when you'll play your best football.

""ankfully now I've got that."

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:May 22, 2014
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