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Swansea finalise Dobbie signing

Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie
Dobbie is the top scorer in the Scottish First Division with 24 goals

Swansea City have signed striker Stephen Dobbie on a free transfer from Queen of the South.

Dobbie, who topped the Scottish First Division goal-scoring chart with 24 goals, has agreed a three-year deal.

"Dobbie has reinvented himself in the last two seasons and is at the best stage of his career," said Swansea manager Roberto Martinez.

The 26-year-old will be reunited with Swans top scorer Jason Scotland who he played with at St Johnstone in 2005/6.

"I'm going to an amazing club in Swansea," said Scotsman Dobbie.

He is a typical Swansea player - very gifted and strong technically

Roberto Martinez

Five Championship clubs - including Swansea, QPR, Ipswich and Norwich - along with St Mirren and other Scottish Premier League clubs expressed an interest in Dobbie after his emphatic season.

The former Rangers trainee got his first taste of first-team football when he joined Hibernian in 2003.

However, his two years at Easter Road came to an end after a loan spell with St Johnstone who he went on to join.

Dobbie's career was revived after being subsequently farmed out by the Perth club to Dumbarton and, after moving to Queen of the South in 2007, went on to score 47 goals in 83 appearances.

"He has been through many different moments since his Rangers days, but I firmly believe he is now ready for a new challenge," said Martinez.

"He is a typical Swansea player - very gifted and strong technically.

"He's also a natural goal scorer, has high standards and is hungry to show off his talent in the Championship.

"We will continue to strengthen the squads in different areas ready for the new season."

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see also
Dobbie excited by Swansea switch
11 May 09 |  Swansea
Dobbie extends contract at Queens
17 Jan 08 |  Queen of the South

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