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Robbo is a key player

Posted: Tue 11 Jun 2013

Paul Robisnon

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Lee Clark says that securing the services of Paul Robinson for next season is a ‘massive boost’ to his squad.

The 34-year-old put pen to paper on a one-year deal (with a one-year option) last week, after impressing for Blues last season.

The former Bolton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion defender made 37 appearances for the club during the 2012/13 campaign, having initially joined on a month-by-month contract.

As well as his playing attributes, Clark feels the club’s younger players have also benefited from Robinson's experience and professionalism off the pitch.

“Paul is well thought of and respected and it’s a massive boost for everybody connected to the club,” said the Blues boss, who returned to Wast Hills yesterday after a short summer break.
“I think he quickly showed everybody last season that he’s a very good player. He’s played most of his time at the top level and he came in and did a terrific job for us.

“We’re delighted not only with his performances on the pitch but also how he looked after a lot of the younger players both on and off the field. It was a big one for us that we got him tied up so quickly.”

Robinson started his Blues career as a full-back, but ended the season as a centre-half and Clark is looking for him to retain that position.

“Centre-back is the role I’ve got in mind for him next season,” added Clark. “In the second half of the season when he played there he was outstanding. He kept Stevie Caldwell out of the team because of his performances, so that’s definitely the position we’re looking at for him.”