Club Captain extends Blues stay - incorporating new role

I believe he he can still be influential in other areas as well: one of the ways working with the Under-21s.

Gary Rowett
The agreement sees Robinson take on a player-coach role at St. Andrew's.

Robinson, 37, will help develop Gary Rowett's Under-21s on the training fields at Wast Hills and the Under-18s.

This season Robinson assisted Senior Professional Development Coach Richard Beale on occasions at Under-21s games.

And towards the end of the campaign when not in the matchday 18, he aided Rowett, Kevin Summerfield, Mark Sale and Kevin Poole by watching games from the stands alongside Head of Performance Analysis Joe Carnall with a radio link to the dugouts.

It has been agreed to formalise what were ad hoc arrangements and hand Robinson more coaching responsibilities in 2016-17.

Rowett said: "We wanted Robbo to stay and we are delighted that he has re-signed.

"This year he showed his value to the team and squad when he featured.

"Gone are the days when he will be playing 50-odd games-a-season. We both know that.

"But I believe he he can still be influential in other areas as well: one of the ways working with the Under-21s, whilst still being available to play of course.

"I wanted to utilise his experience around the place again. I've said it before but he's a dying breed, with that desire to win and example he sets. I wanted to harness that.

"And with coaching responsibilities, it helps him for his future career and also helps us in that continuity aspect between the 21s and First Team, which is something we have been trying to evolve."

Robinson is completing his UEFA A coaching licence this summer and has made no secret of his desire to move into coaching when he finally hangs up his boots.

Two of his boys currently play for Blues Academy and another is in the pre-Academy.

The agreement takes Robinson into a fifth season with Blues, continuing a remarkable story in the autumn of his career.

A free agent and without a club, he initially joined Blues on a monthly contract in September 2012 to help cover for injuries at left-back.

That turned into a permanent deal and Robinson went on to captain the side from centre-half and won Players' Player and Player Of The Season accolades for his displays in the 2013-14 campaign.

This season he played in 25 Championship games and is just four short of clocking up 150 appearances for Blues.

In league and cup this season, Blues won 13 and drew eight of the 27 matches Robinson featured in, and kept 11 clean sheets.

Robinson also scored on three occasions.