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El-Abd: "I'm really excited to be here."

Defender discusses his move to Adams Park

4 July 2017

Adam El-Abd has spoke of his delight in joining Wycombe Wanderers, and is counting down the days to the season ahead.

Gareth Ainsworth made the Egyptian international his first new signing of the summer on Monday, capturing the powerful centre-half on a two-year contract.

The 32-year-old adds experience to the pack, having played most of his career to date at a higher level, winning two promotions in a 10-year spell with Brighton & Hove Albion before repeating that feat with Bristol City and then on loan at Bury.

El-Abd moves to the Chairboys having spent last season as captain of League One side Shrewsbury Town, helping secure the Shrews' status in the third tier.

Now in the famous quarters, the defender can't wait to get going.

"I'm really excited to be here, and I can't wait to get cracking," he said.

"I've been aware (of Wycombe's interest) for a couple of weeks now, and it took a little bit of time to settle up and move down from Shrewsbury.

"But I'm glad that's all done and dusted now and I can look forward to the future and have a good and successful career with Wycombe."

El-Abd has been described by many, including Gareth Ainsworth as a tough player to play against, and ahead of the first pre-season friendly at Slough Town on Saturday 8th July, the commanding defender says he will continue give his all in a Wycombe shirt, and is looking forward to working with the quality within the Chairboys' crop.

"I will always give 100% and I am the type of player where I wear my heart on my sleeve.

"I'm looking forward to getting going now and for the season ahead.

"I've met all of the boys, and I am looking forward to getting in with the lads now and start training.

"Everybody will tell you that when the pre-season games start you can start to enjoy it a little because everybody loves playing, and that's how you get your fitness really.

"I'm looking forward to it and can't wait to get going."

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