New Seagulls signing Stephens wants to combine graft with goals

The Argus: Dale Stephens will do whatever job is asked of him Dale Stephens will do whatever job is asked of him

Midfielder Dale Stephens wants to go for goal after signing a three-and-a-half year deal with Albion.

But the 24-year-old is ready to dig in to help his new club to the play-offs.

The Charlton Athletic favourite signed for an undisclosed fee believed to be about £500,000 last night.

He is being seen as a replacement for Andrew Crofts, who chipped in with six goals from midfield before seeing his season cut short by a knee injury.

There could be more activity at The Amex before the transfer window closes tonight.

Spanish striker David Rodriguez is interesting the Seagulls although reports in Spain that a deal had been done were premature.

Stephens offers Championship experience and sewed up his move after passing a medical yesterday. He links up with Albion boss Oscar Garcia and assistant Nathan Jones, who he knows from their time together at Charlton.

Stephens said: “I know Oscar likes to play good football and, with Nathan’s influence, it is really appealing to me and one of the major reasons I came to this club.

“Albion have always been a difficult side to come up against and they have always played the best football in any division they have been in.

“I like to get forward and score a few goals but I know I have got responsibilities on the defensive side of things.

“I try to get involved with everything I can but if the manager has a certain role he wants me to play then I will obviously do that, so now my first port of call is meeting the lads and getting in the side.”

Rodriguez would be available to Albion without a transfer fee after he settled up the remaining five months on his contract at top-flight Spanish outfit Celta yesterday.

The lightning fast 27-year-old came through the ranks at Atletico Madrid.

He is s proven second-tier goalscorer in his homeland but was unable to force his way back into the Celta team this season after returning from a loan stint at Sporting Gijon.

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7:19am Fri 31 Jan 14

Alfie T says...

Good luck Dale, just feels right for me,as does Rodriguez. Need some quality to freshen things up and keep the fans believing. Think some of the plastics will drift away but that's ok with me, still see loads of kids wearing the stripes,the new generation of Albion support looks healthy.
Good luck Dale, just feels right for me,as does Rodriguez. Need some quality to freshen things up and keep the fans believing. Think some of the plastics will drift away but that's ok with me, still see loads of kids wearing the stripes,the new generation of Albion support looks healthy. Alfie T

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