English Premier League side Wolverhampton have signed Dundee striker Leigh Griffiths, who becomes the latest Scottish youngster to try to ply his trade in England’s top league.
Griffiths joined Wolves for a knock down price of around £150,000 on a two and a half-year contract, joining fellow Scots Steven Fletcher and Christophe Berra at Molineaux.
“It’s everybody’s dream in Scotland to play in the Premier League down here,” says Griffiths. “I’ve come down from the Scottish First Division so it’s unbelievable to get this chance. A few boys I played with at Livingston have come down and done well in the Premier League such as Graham Dorrans. Hopefully I can emulate him. I played with Graham a few times at Livingston. I came into the first team at 16 and Graham was already in the team but I broke through and played with him a few times. He then got his move to West Brom and has been absolutely magnificent so if I can emulate anything like that I’ll be delighted.”
“The manager said to me from the start that he’ll be honest with me and tell me like it is because that’s how he works,” said the striker. “I’ve been used to watching him at 10.30pm every Saturday on Match of the Day but now I’m going to be working with him day-in day-out which is brilliant. It’s also been good to watch a couple of matches and to travel with the team to Manchester City just to get a feel for it. That was an incredible place to go and not something you get to do every day. Hopefully next season when we go there I might be involved and trying to score goals. When you go to any team you want to play games. But I know that may take some time here. I’ve just got to bide my time and work hard and hopefully take my chance when it comes along.”
Griffiths knows that it will be tough to break into the first team, but Griffith is another Scot to head south as part of a bargain deal as the English game starts to become re-acquainted with the talent north of the border.