Former Norwich City striker Dion Dublin to host BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer

Norwich City Football club versus Burnley at Carrow Road.Dion DublinFor : Pink UnPhoto : Steve Adams

Norwich City Football club versus Burnley at Carrow Road.Dion DublinFor : Pink UnPhoto : Steve AdamsCopyright Archant Norfolk - Credit: Archant Norfolk

Former Norwich City favourite Dion Dublin was known for his ability as a top class striker on the football pitch.

However since his retirement in 2008, he has delved into the world of music and now a new hidden passion has come out.

Dublin's love for property has led to him making a surprise move to join BBC daytime show Homes Under the Hammer.

The England international and TV pundit's love for property stems back from during his playing days where he also had successes in the property market having sold and invested in bricks and mortar.

Kicking off the show's 19th series, Dublin will join the original line up Martin Roberts and Lucy Alexander, where the hosts will meet developers across the country hearing stories of homes sold at auctions.

Dublin said: 'I am thrilled to be joining Martin and Lucy on Homes Under The Hammer. I have a passion for property and look forward to meeting people on the show who share that passion.'

In his first episode, Dublin will follow three properties at an auction and see the renovations the buyers have planned, the problems they have encountered and whether they make a gain or loss from buying under the hammer.

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The acting controller of BBC Daytime, Jo Street, said: 'I am thrilled that Dion Dublin is joining the Homes Under The Hammer line-up. He shares Martin and Lucy's passion for properties and people and his warm personality make him the perfect addition to the family.'

Lisa Hazlehurst, Executive Producer for Lion Television Scotland who make the show said: 'Dion's enthusiasm for property is infectious and we're really excited he is joining Homes Under The Hammer, which has proved such a hit with audiences for more than a decade.'

During his playing career, Dublin also played for teams such as Manchester United, Coventry City and Aston Villa.

Dublin had two spells at the Canaries between 1987 to 1988 and 2006 to 2008 where he made 79 appearances and scored 16 goals.

After his playing days came to an end he has made regular appearances on Sky Sports, Match of the Day and also invented and marketed his own percussion instrument The Dube.

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