Dobbie wants to extend Seaside stay

Thomas Ince and Stephen Dobbie celebrate
Thomas Ince and Stephen Dobbie celebrate
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Stephen Dobbie would love to extend his third spell at Blackpool until the end of the season at least.

The striker fired the only goal in Saturday’s win at Nottingham Forest, the first goal of his latest loan stint at a club he first joined in February 2010.

The 30-year-old’s current loan from Crystal Palace is set to end in January but he told The Gazette he’d love to remain far longer.

“I’d like to extend it until the end of the season,” he said. “I keep coming back here as I love playing for Blackpool.”

Dobbie’s previous spells at the club ended with play-off finals at Wembley.

He was on the winning side in 2010 against Cardiff before suffering defeat to West Ham two seasons later.

The striker is something of a Championship play-off specialist, having been to Wembley four seasons running.

And he’d love to make it five with Blackpool.

Dobbie added: “As long as we keep getting three points here and there we will be up there. That’s what I’m here to help the club to do (reach the play-offs), and I’m sure if we keep picking up points like we are we’ll be there or thereabouts. I’m just here to help the boys and the gaffer get to where they want to be.

“Last week I thought I played really well and showed I was back to my full fitness.

I’m just glad to get my goal out of the way, and now I can focus on getting some more and setting up goals too.

“We’ve got a great team spirit here and we’re unbeaten in seven games now, so credit to the lads. On Saturday we kept going right to the end and we got our reward.”

Dobbie has been playing behind Ricardo Fuller in recent weeks and he feels their partnership is falling into place.

“I thought last week we played really well together. It’s just getting to know each other’s game,” said Dobbie.

“We both like getting the ball to feet, so it’s about trying to get the right mix for each other.

“We’re stringing up a good partnership and if we can get more wins like this we’ll be really happy.

“Players like myself and Ricky like getting the ball in to feet, and we have Tom (Ince) as well coming in off the wing, so we have good options in attack.”