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Zak Is Back

8 June 2014

Peterborough United have re-signed centre back Gabriel Zakuani on a two-year contract.

The DR Congo international has penned a two-year contract at London Road, completing the formalities on Sunday morning at the stadium.

Zakuani spent six months playing for FC Kalloni in Greece, helping the Greek side move away from danger at the bottom of the table, but he always harbored hopes of returning to Peterborough United and admits re-signing for the club is like a 'homecoming'.

Zakuani, speaking to theposh.com, said: 'Things happen very quickly in football. I missed the club. This feels like a homecoming. I feel like there is unfinished business here. I want to get this club back to the Championship.

'I really enjoyed my time in Greece, but I really missed the club and it hurt me when we were beaten in the play-offs. I can't wait to get started again.

'I have watched Jack Baldwin a couple of times and he reminds me of Ryan Bennett. Hopefully I can help Jack and form a good partnership with him if we are selected together.

'I have a great relationship with the supporters. I appreciate them a lot. I feel like I can really help this young squad. I see myself as a leader in terms of the way I play. I want to help the youngsters at this club.

'I am really excited for the new season. I feel like a kid at Christmas. I just cannot wait to put the Peterborough shirt on again,' Zakuani said.

Manager Darren Ferguson said: 'Gabi expressed a real interest in coming back to the club and I am pleased to have him back on board. I think when he left, it was right for both parties at that particular moment, he has gone away and got experience of playing in a different country and done very well.

'I just felt that in the last month of the season we really could have done with him. He has enjoyed good success in this league and knows the club inside out. I have thought about the potential partnership with Jack Baldwin and that was a part of my thinking.

'Gabi is a rare breed that just wants to defend. He knows there are certain areas in which he needs to improve, but we are all looking forward to pre-season,' Ferguson said.

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