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Dobra Signs New Deal
Wednesday, 20th May 2020 12:09

Town have confirmed that youngster Armando Dobra has put paper to his new contract, as TWTD previously reported a three-year deal with an option for a further season.

The Albanian U21 call-up had turned down earlier contract offers with the forward’s current terms up this summer, although the Blues had taken up the option to keep him for a further season while negotiations continued.

However, following discussions last month an agreement was reached and Dobra was at Portman Road this morning to put finally pen to paper.

TWTD revealed in January that Brighton and Hove Albion had made a £350,000 offer for Dobra, who broke into the Blues first team earlier this season and quickly became a fans’ favourite. A number of other Premier League clubs had also shown interesting in the Londoner.

The 19-year-old, who also qualifies to play international football for England and Kosovo, has made three League One sub appearances in addition to four cup starts and one game from the bench, scoring his only goal in his senior debut at Luton in the Carabao Cup in August.


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midastouch added 12:12 - May 20
Excellent news. High hopes for Dobra.

patrickswell added 12:14 - May 20
Hoping he stays fit and well, while fulfilling the potential that he has.

ArnieM added 12:52 - May 20
Excellent news ..... let’s keep where possible our core of youngsters together and build the team around them with 3-4 experienced seniors ... Norwood, Skuse, Edwards, Chambo, Sears, etc 👍

Dissboyitfc added 13:03 - May 20
excellent news!

JDAndCoke added 13:12 - May 20
Whilst other clubs are getting rid of players and even managers in some cases, we're dishing out new 3 year contracts to our most promising youngsters... Seems odd considering Marcus, according to some, is a "tight arse" who has lost interest in the club

IpswichT62OldBoy added 13:14 - May 20
Good news, I hope El Miz is also up for consideration, I know he is injured at the moment but we should give him a chance

Chrisd added 13:41 - May 20
Very encouraging. The youngsters need to be given their chance, the more experienced pros have had their opportunity.

COYB11 added 14:02 - May 20
Dobra, El Miz, Dwones (if he stays), Lankester playing behind Norwood and Jackson next season could be pretty tasty...

runningout added 14:02 - May 20
Like most younger footballers, will be brilliant when he handles being wound up most games

RegencyBlue added 14:44 - May 20

Puts the selling price up if the player is on a long contract and you can be sure there will be a release clause in there as well.

I wouldn’t be expecting Evans to act any differently than he always does, sell our better players and replace them with cheaper, useless ones!

OldClactonBlue added 14:51 - May 20
Great news

Facefacts added 15:12 - May 20
Well done for keeping hold of him .now build the team around him.

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:49 - May 20
Vital. Essential Dobra is in place to step into Downes shoes when we sell him for half a mars bar.

waldenblue7 added 16:45 - May 20
Great player, hopefully breaks into the first team next season

Bert added 16:58 - May 20
With so much uncertainty at present and money issues dominating the return of football, I am heartened that we continue to offer new contracts. Few clubs in leagues one and two are doing so and so sad that Burton have lost their manager because they cannot afford to pay him. Evans may attract criticism for not investing when he should have done but with transactions taking place it is a good sign that unlike many clubs we will still exist. Those in the north west take note.

cleggo added 17:15 - May 20
let's hope he's the most useful Dobby since Harry Potters house elf

PortmanTerrorist added 17:57 - May 20
Pleasantly shocked by this news. Dobra and Lankester fit and firing would give us a new dimension going forward in the way Woolfy and Downes have towards the back of the team.

Funny thing with Dobra last/this(?) season was that the opposition seemed to know how good he was, but we were not prepared to put him on the pitch. When we did they double up on him!

JDAndCoke added 18:01 - May 20
Regency - A typical view of someone who loves to spin Evans/Lambert negativity onto a genuinely good story for the club. Marcus Evans has shown numerous times in the past that he will turn down good offers to keep players here and those are only the ones we know about, sure there's plenty of examples that we're not privy to. However, clearly football is a business and like any business, if a good deal is on the table for all parties it will get done. Nothing wrong with that, that's how it works.

Given the current climate especially, think we all need to take stock and have a little rationality. Plenty of clubs will be very worried at the prospect of their club going under at the moment. Bet it's not even crossed any of our minds that we'll lose our club. I wonder why...

TR11BLU added 18:57 - May 20
Get in😁

Phil1969 added 19:43 - May 20
Going to need many like him with a proposed salary cap next year in Div 1 of £2.5m I would guess about a third of our current !

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 20:56 - May 20
Right on! Don’t forget to play him.

planetblue_2011 added 22:38 - May 20
He’s got to back a starter in the first team when football resumes👍

Cakeman added 09:10 - May 21
Pleasing and encouraging news. We just have to play the youngsters who will no doubt be paid considerably less than the more experienced players. Squad potentially to be trimmed to free up money as well.

dirtydingusmagee added 09:30 - May 21
good news ,can be a bit of a hot head at times but he is just a kid ,hopefully he will lose that certainly has potential to become a good player. Pleased he is staying [hopefully].

Razor added 10:27 - May 21
Reckon this has got to be good news-----now just get him fit and PLAY HIM!!

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