Scottish forward Stephen Dobbie has signed for Crystal Palace from Brighton after a successful loan period with Ian Holloway’s side. The 30 year old signs for an undisclosed fee as he looks to aide his new clubs survival in their first season back after promotion.
Dobbie is well known to Holloway who took him on loan from Swansea City to Blackpool twice during his tenure at Bloomfield Road. The striker has signed a 2 year contract.
Dobbie told Crystal Palace’s official website today: “I enjoyed my football last season here and I like to think I had a part in helping the team get promoted. It is every player’s dream, especially in the Championship – they want to be playing in the Premier League.”
“You go away and have a nice holiday, but still in the back of your mind, you’ve only got four weeks off, so maybe in a week and a half, you’re going to know who you’re playing in that first game.”
Dobbie made reference also to his previous spells working under Holloway, saying: “Obviously I’ve worked with the gaffer a number of times and there was no problem with that. A lot of people don’t see the side to him that we do – on the pitch, on the training field, on the bus and in the changing room. We know what he’s like and we know how good he is tactically.”
“You just have to look at the play-off semi-finals and the final, how the boys played the way he wanted and we got the right result. I’m sure he’ll be buzzing and raring to go.”
Dobbie started at youth level with Rangers and after failing to break into the first team at Ibrox, had spells elsewhere in Scotland at Hibernian and St. Johnstone before he stood out during a successful stay at Queen of The South, scoring 47 times in 83 appearances.
This earned him a move to Swansea which was less successful and led to the aforementioned sojourns at Blackpool before joining Brighton in August 2012.
However he failed to settle at Falmer Stadium, which led to his being reunited with Holloway.
He hopes to repay the faith the manager has shown in him at Selhurst Park in what will be a challenging season for the London club.
The Eagles host Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland and travel to Stoke City and Manchester United in a tough opening period.