Anthony Gerrard is aiming to help Cardiff City win promotion to the Premier League after completing his move from Walsall.
Cardiff have secured the defender for an undisclosed fee after Walsall had earlier turned down a £200,000 bid from Scunthorpe United.
Gerrard joins fellow new signing Mark Hudson in boosting the Bluebirds' centre-half options following the sale of Roger Johnson to Birmingham City.
And the former Everton trainee is relishing the chance to make his mark in the Championship with Dave Jones' side this season.
"I'm really excited about joining Cardiff," Gerrard told the club's official website. "As soon as I heard that Cardiff were interested in me I never gave it a second thought.
"I came down and had a look around and all the facilities here really are top notch, everything is there for us to get into the Premier League and I am really looking forward to being a part of it.
"I like to think I'm a player that gives 100%, whole hearted and never gives up. I don't suppose it's my place to say it, but I like to think I can play and am looking forward to getting started.
"It's a great move for me and, as I said, I can't wait to get started."
Gerrard made over 180 appearances during his time with Walsall, having originally joined the club on loan from Everton in 2005.