Josh Robinson programme article

Posted : 23rd October 2017

Summer signing Josh Robinson says he has settled into life at Windsor Park nicely and is delighted to be back at Linfield, after coming through the Linfield Youth Academy before securing a move across the water to Scottish giants Rangers.

The defender signed a three-year deal with Linfield in June after departing English outfit York City, where he spent a year playing in the National League.

“I feel that I have settled in to life here well. Obviously, there is a lot of competition here as I came in half way through pre-season training. The boys have had an extra few weeks ahead of me but I feel like I've performed well in the games which I have played in and I'm now finding my feet at the club.”

“Before I moved away, I spent many years at youth level at the club. I knew how the club worked and how professional the club is. The manager, fans and facilities were also an appealing draw for me. Deep down, I always wanted to be at Linfield.”

24 year-old Robinson parted ways with York City following relegation but maintains it was a beneficial move in his career, as he was playing in a full-time footballing environment but is now settled back home and enjoying the challenge at Linfield.

“I have played over 250+ Irish league matches so I know what it takes to do well in this league. It is a tough league and being away made me realise how tough it was. My time at York helped me a great deal. After coming back from Rangers I never gave up and I always wanted a shot at football across the water again. I have no regrets as I gave it my all but I'm glad to be home now and playing for a massive club like Linfield.”

Josh has impressed in the back four and has also netted two goals so far, getting off the mark with a rasping strike from distance against Lisburn Distillery in the League Cup, before burying a header against Ballinamallard in the next round but he knows he will have to keep performing, if he wants to make the starting eleven.

“We got off to a great start, keeping a few clean sheets and scoring goals. We have lost three huge games that we will be disappointed with in the league. Thankfully, it's still early days. I feel we have the squad to achieve our main goals and we are doing everything to make that happen, on and off the training ground.”

“At Linfield everyone has to perform here or you will find yourself out of the team. So the pressure is on all the time to do well. Saying that, the only pressure from me is from myself. I prepare myself right for every game and set my own high standards. If I fall short of that, then I let myself down. There is a great competition throughout our squad which is healthy and brings out the best in us.”

The commanding defender is no stranger to tonight’s opponents, having played for Crusaders between 2012 and 2016, helping them win two league titles. Now he is hoping to see Linfield bounce back after recent setbacks, with what would be a vital win in front of the Sky cameras.

“I'm obviously looking forward to the match, as the last time we played them I was on the side-line and I couldn't affect the result. Everyone was hurting after that game and we know where we went wrong. It's a learning curve for us. That game's in the past now and it's tonight that counts."

Best wishes to Josh for tonight’s tough game and indeed his time ahead at the club as he aims to keep the much sought after trophies with Linfield at Windsor Park.
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