The SPFL Ladbrokes Championship’s top marksmen Stephen Dobbie, who has 11 goals to his name this season in the second tier, has signed a contract extension with the Doonhamers to keep him with Gary Naysmith’s men to at least the end of next season.
Speaking to QOSTV after Saturday’s defeat away to inverness, the former Blackpool, Bolton and Crystal Palace forward said:
“I am delighted to get it done; I am enjoying my football, as well as enjoying playing for the club – long may it continue. When you are scoring goals, teams will be interested, but, I have continually said “let me see what is happening with Queens” as this is where I want to be playing. Once I spoke with the chairman, we got it done: the rest is history and now I am looking forward to scoring more goals.
Everyone knows how much I love playing for the club, but, even more how great the feeling is when I score. The other part of it, is, helping the squad; there are a few kids who have potential and I believe they will continue getting better. That was another pull for me, as well. The thing is, for me, I will miss football when I retire but scoring goals is a feeling you cannot replicate, especially if it is a winning goal – whether that be a tap-in or a great finish, it is still the same feeling of helping the team and winning the game. I still feel as if I am fit and the legs are still going, for now. I still hope of getting into the play-offs with the club this year, but, if we don’t, the manager will look at the squad over the summer and then we can have another go next year.”
Also commenting after the 3-1 loss in the Highlands was the Dumfries club’s manager, Gary Naysmith. The former Everton full-back spoke of his delight to get the deal done:
“It is great news. I got a text this morning to say everything had been agreed. It is fantastic news for the club. If you read his quotes in the national media, he admits he had offers from elsewhere, so, when a player wants to stay, it makes life a lot easier when you are trying to conclude a deal. The Board deserve a bit of credit in helping us keep him as the clubs after him I would suspect could pay more money to him than what we can. That shows Stephen wants to be here.
I have spoken to Stephen, as well as John [Rankin], individually as the most senior players as it must be slightly frustrating for them that the young lads are so inconsistent. Their jobs on the pitch is to try help them but they also help in training, which I don’t stop: they pass on words of wisdom to the players if they notice anything as it is difficult for us to notice everything that is going on. They are going to be big players for us moving forward. I think it helps us as a club when we are trying to attract players or get players to re-sign now that we can say we already have players signed up such as Stephen. He is in the dressing room saying “if I had scored that goal to make it 1-1 it would have been a totally different game” and that is what I like about him; he opens up when he feels he should have done better, however, there hasn’t been many times since I have came in you could say he could’ve done better for the team.”