Canaries sign Dion Dublin
PUBLISHED: 12:42 20 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:39 14 September 2010
Norwich City's latest signing, Dion Dublin, says he cannot wait to pull on a yellow and green shirt and find himself in the 'firing line'. The 37-year-old front man was unveiled at Colney on Wednesday morning by Nigel Worthington after signing for City until the end of the season.
Norwich City's latest signing, Dion Dublin, says he cannot wait to pull on a yellow and green shirt and find himself in the 'firing line'.
The 37-year-old front man was unveiled at Colney on Wednesday morning by Canaries boss Nigel Worthington after signing for City until the end of the season.
The former Cambridge United, Manchester United, Coventry, Aston Villa and Leicester front man was released by Scottish champions Celtic at the end of last season.
Since then, he has been training twice a week at Leicester to keep fit, but having signed for the Canaries, the 6ft 2ins striker says he's raring to go and could even make a debut against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
“I feel great,” he said today. “As you know I'm 37 - there's no hiding that. I don't feel that way. I've kept myself fit. I'm ready to go. I feel strong, mentally strong, which is half the battle as well.
“I want to be put in the firing line and I want to get going. I've waited about a long time through the summer. I must say thanks to Leicester City for letting me train there twice a week which has helped me and I've done everything I can do to keep myself as fit as I can and I feel great.
“There were other offers involved but some things were taking longer than I thought and longer than I wanted them to. And then I heard about this and it was very straightforward. It was 'we want you' and when somebody says that to you at 37 and they're so straightforward with you and say 'we want you to come to our club' then you know. He (Nigel Worthington) ran down the players he has here, the facilities, the ground I know about, then it was simple in the end.”
The target man, who has four England caps to his name, has also played as a centre back during his long career, but says he has come to Norfolk as a striker.
“I always see myself as a centre forward,” he said. “Where the manager sees me I don't know but we'll see. I know the situation here. I know I've been given a Norwich shirt and it's quite easy for me to say I'll go and do a job where they want me to do a job. It's as straightforward as that.”
The signing also completes a homecoming of sorts for Dublin who joined City as a schoolboy but left in 1988 after just six reserve team appearances.
Worthington was delighted with the capture of Dublin, ending a summer long search for a big striker.
“I'm absolutely delighted he's here,” he said. “From my point of view he's someone highly respected in the game, a good professional. He will be very, very, valuable to us in the dressing room and on the football pitch.”
“I think it's important to say Dion had other offers and potential offers from other clubs, certainly one, maybe a couple of championship teams, who would have been well worth listening to. But Dion spoke to ourselves and great credit to him, and thankfully to him, he made his decision over the weekend without speaking to those other clubs and he and his family made the decision to come to Norwich. I think it's a huge plus for Norwich City.”