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Stephen Dobbie faces wait on Swansea future

Dobbie came off the bench for the last 30 minutes of Saturday's final
Dobbie came off the bench for the last 30 minutes of Saturday's final

Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie admits he does not know where his future lies after helping Blackpool reach the Premier League.

Dobbie was allowed to join the Seasiders on loan in January despite the Swans struggling to find the net.

Blackpool went on to pip Swansea to the last play-off place and won promotion by going on to beat Cardiff City 3-2 in Saturday's play-off final at Wembley.

"I don't know what's going to happen," said Dobbie.

"I haven't spoken to Swansea at all. As far as I know I'm going back to Swansea.

"I'm just enjoying the next couple of days from our success and we will see what happens over the summer.

"I'm sure the gaffer is on holiday so I'm going to make sure I have a rest over the next two weeks, enjoy my holiday and forget about football until after that."

Dobbie was a free signing by then-Swans boss Roberto Martinez just three weeks before the Spaniard left Swansea last summer to take over at Premier League club Wigan Athletic.

He arrived at the Liberty Stadium with a record of 47 goals in 83 appearances for Scottish first division side Queen of the South in a two year stint.


Dobbie led Swansea's front line at the start of the season and scored three goals in his first six games - all in the League Cup.

But he was sidelined by a rib injury sustained in the Carling Cup second round exit to Scunthorpe at the end of August.

And his first-team hopes were dealt a further blow when current manager Paulo Sousa signed Finnish international striker Shefki Kuqi for the Championship's lowest scorers in January.

He joined Ian Holloway's Blackpool and scored four goals in 16 appearances, 10 of them from the bench.

"Hopefully I've come in and helped the boys to get where they've got," added Dobbie.

"From my point of view I think I could have done that [at Swansea] this season.

"I thought I started well but unfortunately I broke my ribs and the gaffer's brought other players in and the team was doing well so I had to go out on loan.

Blackpool players celebrate their Championship play-off win

Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff

"I don't have any doubts in my own ability to play at Championship level."

Dobbie also paid tribute to fellow Swansea striker Besian Idrizaj who died just over a week ago from a suspected heart attack at his home in Austria.

"When I was coming back from injury at Swansea we were playing in the reserves every week together so I got to know him really well," said Dobbie who wore a t-shirt at Saturday's final branding the words "RIP Besian Idrizaj".

"It's such a shame. He was a great lad. I was just devastated so I thought I'd show my respects."

Meanwhile, young midfielder Ashley Richards has agreed a new two-year deal to stay at the Liberty Stadium.

The 19-year-old Wales Under-21 international broke into the Swans first team this season, making 15 Championship appearances, and won the club's young player of the year award.

Swansea have also offered new deals to Fede Bessone, Albert Serran, Andrea Orlandi, Jamie Grimes, Shaun MacDonald and Leon Britton.

Tom Butler, Cedric van der Gun and Angel Rangel have automatically triggered new contracts because of appearance clauses in their current deals.

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Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff
22 May 10 |  Championship
Swansea player Idrizaj dies at 22
15 May 10 |  Swansea
Dobbie eyes double play-off feat
07 Apr 10 |  Blackpool
Dobbie seals Blackpool loan move
01 Feb 10 |  Swansea
Swansea finalise Dobbie signing
22 May 09 |  Swansea
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