Michael Turner said working under Phil Brown was one of the main reasons he joined the club.
The experienced centre back has teamed up with his former boss at Hull City where the pair enjoyed promotion to the Premier League.
He will also be hoping to rekindle his partnership with former teammate at Sunderland, Anton Ferdinand.
Turner said: “Phil Brown was one of the main reasons I’ve come to the club.
“I thoroughly enjoyed my time under him at Hull. We had a successful period there and I’m looking to do something similar here.
“I played with Anton for a couple of years at Sunderland so we know each other well and each other’s game well.
“If it’s me and Anton together I’m sure, hopefully, that it will work.”
Turner has proved his fitness to Brown in a week-long training camp in Spain, which he says was a valuable time away with his new teammates.
“I was thrown in at the deep end a little bit; I met the lads at the airport and went away with them but it was really good,” he added.
“You’re in each others pockets for most of the day, training and socialising so it’s nice to get to know the lads and for them to get to know me.
“I enjoyed the training and the camaraderie between the players and I’m looking forward to working alongside them and having a successful season.”
The 33 -year-old believes Blues can really push for promotion after just missing out on the play-offs last season.
“I think with the players that have come in already, it shows what the club’s objective is.
“We came really close last season to get into the top six and just missed out but I think there’s a good opportunity this season to go one further at least.”