Stephen Dobbie hoping new signings give Queen of the South freshness to kickstart season



STEPHEN Dobbie hopes the influx of new signings unburdened by Queen of the South’s current desperate run of results can help them kickstart their season against St Mirren.

The Doonhamers are without a victory since they moved to the top of the Championship in September – a run stretching to 13 matches – and they have plummeted to seventh in the table.

But new manager Gary Naysmith has made moves early in the transfer window in a bid to solve his squad’s problems with a trio of new signings this week.

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Experienced former Dundee United and Hibs midfielder John Rankin has been recruited from Falkirk to add to Joe Thomson and Dom Thomas who joined on loan from Celtic and Motherwell, respectively.

And Dobbie, who has netted four goals in the last five matches to take his season’s tally to 16, reckons the new boys can help spark a revival.

He said: “We’ve picked up under the new manager and we’ve got a few new players in.

“They’ve given us a good freshness in training this week and hopefully that will show in the game.

“John, Joe and Dom are great acquisitions for us and, the good things is, they’ve not been on this run we’ve been on.

“They’ll come in fresh and ready to play football and won’t be short in confidence, and hopefully they can help us get the three points.

“It’s a big game for both clubs but hopefully we can get a win and kick-start our season again.

“We’ve been playing well and just not getting ourselves over the line with the win we’ve deserved but hopefully that will change and we can go on a wee run.”

Dobbie has proved an inspired signing this season, with the former Rangers and Hibs striker having been in prolific form on his way to 16 goals so far.

However, he admits his satisfaction at his own exploits has been tainted by the club’s current run of results.

He added: “Of course I’m happy to have scored so many goals. As a striker it feels good to score, from a personal point of view.

“But, at the end of the day, it is all about the team and when the team’s not doing well the goals don’t mean as much.”