Arfield had effectively been recruited by director of football Mark Allen but Gerrard had given the deal his approval following his appointment.
Arfield is the first major signing of the Gerrard era, but as the man himself admits, Rangers were interested in signing him several months ago - before Gerrard's appointment. Subscribe to our SMS sports service by texting "SPORTS" to 22840.
"I said cheerio to them yesterday but I think I'll be seeing them in three weeks or something", said Arfield.
'He was my hero.
When asked about his memories of facing Gerrard, he said: "Getting beat, getting overrun, and I remember coming off the pitch thinking I'm not as good as I first thought".
Gerrard on his part was happy to make his first signing as a manager.
Arfield knows Scottish football well, having lined out for Falkirk between 2007 and 2010, as well as representing the national team at underage level before switching his allegiances to Canada.
"It's pleasing also we have been able to start our rebuilding process so quickly after the end of the season".
'There is much more to be done, ofcourse, as we look to build towards our Europa League campaign which will start inearly July.
The Scottish Premiership club will see David Bates leave Ibrox this summer for Hamburg, whilst there's doubt popped up around Bruno Alves at various points over the season, and bringing in a central defender is likely.