Ledley was one of the top names in the Championship with Stoke City keen to take him at the end of his contract.
That would have involved a compensation fee but a cross border move to Celtic only involved a token fee which brought the hoops a current internationalist with over 200 League appearances to his name
THE CELTIC YEARS
The Welshman was at the heart of a new look team that Neil Lennon created from the transfer.
Alongside Beram Kayal, Scott Brown or Efrain Juarez in central midfield Ledley provided a new dynamic feeding chances to Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes with Kris Commons arriving in January 2011.
Ledley wasn’t a regular scorer but on December 28 he scored the only goal of the game as Celtic beat Rangers (IL) to go to the top of the table, it’s fair to say that the club hasn’t looked back since.
The title was won amid unforgettable scenes at Rugby Park at the start of April with Ledley among the goalscorers.
There was to be one more SPL title and the glamour of the Champions League to be enjoyed in his third season with the clock ticking down on his contract.
Stefan Johansen’s arrival in January 2014 marked the end of the Glasgow adventure with Celtic picking up a token fee as he moved on to Crystal Palace.
Ledley played his part in a few famous escape acts from Palace, enjoying 80 appearances in the EPL.
In 2016 he made an incredible recovery from a leg break to make the Welsh squad at Euro 16 where he enjoyed an appearance in the semi-final.
With his Palace contract up there were strong rumours that he would return to Cardiff but in mid September he signed for Derby County and has been a regular in Gary Rowett’s promotion chasing side who are currently two points ahead of Cardiff in second place behind Wolves.