ESPN Blogs
  • Mishits

Dublin handed new gig on daytime TV

ESPN staff
March 25, 2015
Dion Dublin has enjoyed a distinguished, and at times unusual, career after football © PA Photos

Dion Dublin is one of the most famously versatile footballers in English football history.

Signed from Norwich City as a bruising centre-back in 1998, Cambridge City manager John Beck recognised Dublin's goal-scoring potential and quickly converted him into a ruthless striker.

The change in position earned him a £1 million move to Manchester United in 1992, but Dublin has displayed an altogether different kind of versatility 23 years on to be named as a presenter on BBC daytime property show Homes Under the Hammer.

Dublin, now 45, will join presenters Lucy Roberts and Martin Alexander for the 19th series, expected to be aired later this year.

"I still want to achieve," he told BBC Radio 5 live. "I want to learn the art of presenting. I sat down with Lucy and Martin, who gave me words of advice."

Dublin's lengthy CV can now list television property expert alongside his 235 career goals, a live music set with Britpop band Ocean Colour Scene and his percussion invention "The Dube", a Premier League winners medal, four England caps, punditry stints on Match of the Day, Sky Sports and BBC Radio 5 live, and a shared Golden Boot with Michael Owen in 1998.

With his musical background, Dublin was asked if he will have much influence on the music used in the show. He quipped: "I've put a lot of CDs on the desk of the series producer."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd