Crystal Palace manager Tony Pulis says Kagisho Dikgacoi will be keen to make a swift return to the Premier League with new club Cardiff City.
The 29-year-old South African was a free agent after turning down a Palace new contract and has joined Cardiff.
Pulis said the midfielder was lured by the prospect of playing for a good team on good terms.
"He is one of those players in the right situation can certainly do the job," Pulis said.
"I'm disappointed [to lose him], but can understand that [it's] a long contract and a very well paid contract.
"I can understand why he went."
Dikgacoi, who started his youth career with Cardiff Spurs in his native South Africa, played 26 top-flight matches for Pulis's side last season.
Under the Welsh manager, Palace climbed the table to avoid relegation from the Premier League while Cardiff finished bottom and were relegated.
Pulis had been keen to keep Dikgacoi at Selhurst Park, but the South Africa international has joined the Bluebirds on a three-year deal.
"Cardiff have made him a fantastic offer. Cardiff is a good football club," Pulis said.
"There's obviously tremendous potential there and he'll be desperate to get back into the Premiership.
"Physically he's a powerhouse and he's got all the attributes to do very well for them.
"If they get him fit and keep him fit he'll be a good player."
Dikgacoi is the fifth player to be signed by Cardiff manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this summer.