Defender open to Pompey stay

Paul Robinson is keen to stay at Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson is keen to stay at Pompey. Picture: Joe Pepler

PAUL ROBINSON thanked Pompey for kick-starting his career and admitted: I’m open to staying.

The defender explained his move to Fratton Park has injected life into his football, after finding himself on the sidelines at Millwall.

Robinson showed his appreciation to the Blues for making him feel wanted, and demonstrating the desire to bring him to the club.

The 32-year-old stated the draw of playing for Pompey was too good to turn down – even if it meant dropping down from the Championship.

Robinson agreed a month’s loan with Andy Awford’s side after a career spent at Millwall.

That comes to a close at the start of next month, but the Londoner is happy to consider extending that stay.

Negotiating a deal to cover Robinson’s wages is a hurdle still to be negotiated.

But after helping Pompey to three clean sheets in his four appearances, he’d be happy to stay put.

Robinson said: ‘It’s been good to play games. The lads have made me very welcome and it’s a fantastic club.

‘It could have been a lot more difficult than it has been, but it’s felt comfortable.

‘The challenge of being part of this club and something big was attractive.

‘Playing in front of 16 or 17,000 fans every week is an attraction. It’s a club which is at the wrong level. I had a really good feeling, and it felt like a club heading in the right direction.

‘Sometimes it’s a concern dropping down divisions but the draw of Portsmouth was too good to turn down.

‘There were other options, but Portsmouth were the club who put their cards on the table and really wanted me to join. That’s why I joined.

‘It’s 28 days so it runs out in early September. Then we will have to take it from there.

‘The clubs will sort it out in due course, but I’m here for the month and will take it from there.

‘It’s getting to the time where something could happen, so hopefully the clubs can do something. It’s been fantastic to help out the group, thoroughly enjoyable.

‘Portsmouth came and put the option on the table.

‘I saw eight games in 28 days or so, and that ticked the box. That’s why I went for it.’

Robinson has been told he is out of the picture at Millwall under boss Ian Holloway.

But he has no problem with the manager and thanked him for giving him clarity over his situation.

Robinson said: ‘Olly (Holloway) said I was unlikely to be in his plans, and he wanted me to get some games.

‘He wanted me match fit and sharp, and he said he’d take it from there.

‘He was up front with me, and that’s all you can ask for.

‘If someone is straight with you, even if it’s something you don’t want to hear, you know where you stand.

‘I respect Olly for that and appreciate that. That’s what allowed me to look at other options for myself.’