Having played a pivotal part in Cardiff's promotion to the top tier of English football, with no side boasting better defensive stats, Etheridge admitted to being 'overwhelmed' having been left without a club prior to joining Oldham Athletic four years ago.
"This year has been fantastic. My national team qualifying for the Asian Cup and now I've had the chance to rectify my career and I'm thankful to people for that," he told reporters. "I was out of a club for five months. It's a very hard industry to be in and to stay in.
"I always believed in my ability and I'm just happy I was able to play so many games in this season. I'm feeling emotional to be honest. The team have been strong all year and to finish it in the way that we did was fantastic.
"There are not many words you can say really - it's just amazing. We've had a fantastic season and I'm so happy to get over the line today.
"You can probably hear the fans in the background now - it's overwhelming. From start to finish - fantastic! It's just amazing. Honestly, it's just the best thing in the world."
Etheridge started 45 of Cardiff's 46 games in their promotion-winning campaign.