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Captain's log: Day five

Posted: Fri 12 Jul 2013
Author: Andy Walker
Paul Robinson

Robbo is enjoying the facilities at Carton House.

Image by: Roy Smiljanic

Blues skipper Paul Robinson reflects on day five inside the club's pre-season training camp.

Robbo on the paint ball challenge..

"The lads have had a great day having a war against each other. I think they all come back energised and enjoyed the afternoon. A few of them took quite a few whacks which looked painful when you saw the bruises.

"Paint ball's always fun and it's about team bonding as well. That was the most important thing, that we all went out together and had a fun day.

"I couldn't take part as I turned my ankle yesterday and I was a bit disappointed with that because I didn't really need that at this moment in time when you're working on your fitness.

"I've heard Ziggy was the main man today, he got a lot of head shots in which I don't think people are happy with because they've got bruises on their head. But he's got that extra range and he used to be in the Serbian service so he's got that extra ability to use a gun."

Robbo on the captaincy so far....

"It's been good and it's been tough. You want to try and have your bond with the players and get to know them as people as well. Then you need to have that bond with the gaffer at the same time to have that feedback.

"We're all connected as one and sticking together as one so I'm enjoying it at the moment. It's a challenge for me, I've done it before when I took it over from Jonathan Greening when he was injured at West Bromwich Albion. This is a new challenge as I'm starting from scratch but I'm enjoying every minute of it.

"It can be testing but this is what football is all about. There's no sides in it at all, it's just about communication and getting the right message across to everyone."

To read day four of Robbo's Dublin diary, click here.