The protracted transfer saga of David Goodwillie has finally ended as the striker signs on the dotted line for English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers. The 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal reportedly worth £20,000 per week with the Ewood Park outfit.
Dundee United confirmed the player’s departure this evening in a statement on the club website:
“Dundee United confirm that the transfer of David Goodwillie to Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee is now complete. Everyone at Dundee United thanks David for his efforts in his time at the Club and wishes him all the best for his future career.”
Goodwillie had been the subject of a transfer battle with Rangers lodging SEVEN bids for the player, with all bids rejected by United chairman Steven Thompson. With the final bid reportedly equaling Blackburn’s bid of £2 million plus £800,000 add-ons, despite earlier claims by owner Craig Whyte that the price for Goodwillie was ‘too steep’.
The striker underwent a medical at Rovers on Tuesday, having agreed terms with Steve Kean’s side, but the formalities were not completed until this evening.
Goodwillie told Rovers TV: “I think it’s a massive stage to further my career and there’s no better place to play than the Premiership. Growing up you want to play in the Premiership and I’m really grateful to have that opportunity. I think it’s every young boy’s dream to play in England at some point in their career. I feel ready, and it’s up to the manager and we’ll see what happens.”
He added: “I think the first few games it will be difficult for me to settle, it’s probably a better standard (than the Scottish Premier League). I’m just looking forward to the challenge. It’s exciting. It’s really exciting.”
Goodwillie could make a quick return to Scotland with Rovers who travel to Rugby Park on Saturday for a friendly against Kenny Shiels’ Kilmarnock side.