Stephen Dobbie can’t wait to get started having finally tied up a season-long loan at Fleetwood Town.
The Crystal Palace man, who has enjoyed three spells with Blackpool, famously helping them to promotion in 2010 , completed his switch from Selhurst Park just in time for tomorrow’s curtain-raiser against Crewe Alexandra.
And he revealed it took boss Graham Alexander less than half an hour to sell the move.
He said: “I’m looking forward to it.
“I met the manager a couple of weeks ago for 20 minutes. That’s all he needed to turn my head to come to this club.
“I’ve seen them progressing over the last couple of years and I can’t wait to help that continue.”
Dobbie arrives from a Premier League side and played last season in the Championship – his goals crucial in securing Blackpool’s surivival.
But he insists he’s not worried by moving to a League One side.
“I don’t see it as a big step down,” said Dobbie
“I was in the Championship with Blackpool last year but I just want to play football, that’s how I see it.
“I met the manager and he got me excited about the challenge here.
“The club seems to be progressing.”
There are plenty of familiar faces in the Fleetwood camp - with Alexander having recruited a number of Dobbie’s former Bloomfield Road team-mates over the summer.
“I’ve spoken to Keith Southern, Stephen Crainey and Barry Nicholson, all good friends,” said Dobbie
“But that really wasn’t a big influence.
“Meeting the manager, knowing the area, the type of family life around here.
“That was big for me.”
And the 31-year-old forward revealed he’d been keeping a close eye on Fleetwood’s progress.
He said:”You read about Fleetwood in The Gazette every day, I tend to buy that every day so you see what is happening up here.
“I like they way they played football last season and the manager has assured me that’s how it will continue.”
It’s been hard for the striker to keep a lid on the deal, which has been rumoured for nearly two weeks.
He said: “I’ve known about the interest, I’ve had people stop me in the street and ask me about it.
“I’ve been desperate for the deal to be done and I’m delighted, finally to be able to talk about it”
Dobbie will almost certainly start for Fleetwood tomorrow against Crewe Alexandra having completed a full pre-season with Palace – scoring four goals in one game.
He’ll most likely step into the gap left by Jamille Matt - who is likely to be sidelined for the entire campaign having seriously injured his cruciate in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Partick Thistle.
The striker underwent the first of a series of operations on Wednesday and faces further procedures in the coming weeks.