Striker explains why he couldn't wait to join Fleetwood TownStephen Dobbie couldn’t hide his delight at signing for Fleetwood Town this afternoon and admitted that manager Graham Alexander played a massive part in persuading him to join the Club.
The 31 year old has signed a season long-loan deal from Barclays Premier League side Crystal Palace, and hopes to play a big part in Town’s first ever campaign in England’s third tier.
The Scotsman jumped at the opportunity to return to the Fylde Coast, having enjoyed successful spells at Blackpool.
Dobbie is the second signing of the day for the Cod Army, with youngster Adam Campbell joining on a short-term loan deal from Newcastle United.
Speaking to the Club’s official website this afternoon, he said: “I met the manager recently and within 10-15 minutes of speaking to him I knew this was the place I wanted to come to. I’m delighted that it’s done and I’m just looking forward to the start of the season now.”
The deal had taken longer than what Dobbie would have hoped for, but insists that he’s more than happy to be at the Club now: “I’d read a few things recently saying it was a pathway for other teams to come in and get me, but it was nothing of the sort. It was just Fleetwood trying to sort out a deal that worked for both parties. I was ready to sign at any time.”
Having enjoyed some fantastic times with near neighbours Blackpool in recent seasons, Dobbie is happy to be back in Lancashire and on the Fylde Coast: “I’ve had some great times up here with Blackpool, but obviously Fleetwood are now up and coming, and like I said when I met the manager, he explained what he was trying to do here which gave me a good buzz and I’m ready to try and help the Club move forward.”
Ambition was one of the main factors in Dobbie’s decision to move to Highbury, and said he’s been keeping an eye on the Club’s fortunes recently: “I’ve watched the progress of the Club over the past couple of years, and I obviously know Keith Southern, Stephen Crainey and Barry Nicholson, and they had only good words to say about the set-up here.”
He added: “Keith and Stephen are good players and I’m sure they’ll show their worth to Fleetwood, but I’m coming here to try and score goals and get the team up the league.”
With Saturday’s opener against Crewe Alexandra now under 48 hours away, the former Rangers scholar can’t wait to meet the Cod Army fans: “I’m looking forward to it massively. I watched Fleetwood a few times on TV last season and I know they play some good football, so let’s hope we can continue to do that and put a smile on the faces of the fans.”