Tuesday 02 July 2013
Crystal Palace have announced that they have made permanent the signing of Stephen Dobbie.
The 30-year-old midfielder spent the last four months of the previous season on loan at Palace from Brighton and Hove Albion and this deal has been made permanent for the club newly promoted to the Barclays Premier League, with the Scot signing a two-year deal for Ian Holloway’s team.
"It’s every player’s dream, especially in the Championship, to be playing in the Premier League"
Dobbie was delighted to sign after scoring three goals in 15 appearances in the Championship last season. He is already looking forward to Palace’s first match back in the Barclays Premier League, against Tottenham Hotspur at home.
“I enjoyed my football last season here and I like to think I had a part in helping the team getting promoted,” he told the Palace website. “But it’s a new season now, that’s in the past. We’ve just got to get ready in pre-season and get ready for that first game.
“It’s 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.
“Then you start to look through all the other fixtures. I think we’ve got Man United, Liverpool and Chelsea all away in our first games against them, so the second part of the season will be exciting, especially for the fans.”
It will not be Dobbie’s first time in the Barclays Premier League, having played for Swansea City in the 2011/12 season before joining Holloway at Blackpool. He is Palace’s first permanent signing of the summer and is keen to have the nucleus of last season’s squad retained for the Barclays Premier League campaign.
“When I went up with Swansea, we made maybe, no more than five changes to the squad and that was key to that season under Brendan [Rodgers],” he said. “The players all knew each other and knew how Brendan worked and we were all in it together. That will be key – we all know each other and know how the gaffer works.”