New Pompey skipper relishing season ahead

Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Robinson made 38 appearances and scored twice last season
  • Central defender signed an 18-month deal in January 2015

Pompey skipper Paul Robinson is eyeing a season to remember for the Fratton faithful.

And the 33-year-old has already shown his determination to be part of it by pledging his future to the Blues.

Everything is moving forward at this club, they have made a big statement bringing in a manager of Paul Cook’s calibre with everything he has done

Paul Robinson

Pompey’s pre-season fixtures kick-off on Saturday with the traditional curtain-raiser against the Hawks (3pm).

Supporters will be given a first opportunity to glimpse the nine new arrivals recruited by Paul Cook over the summer.

Leading the side will be Robinson, installed as Pompey skipper by his new manager.

Having stood in for Ben Chorley as captain on occasions last season, the central defender has now been officially recognised with the role.

And the ex-Millwall man is relishing the campaign ahead.

He said: ‘I’m delighted to have the captaincy in a season in which we’ve got big ambitions. It’s definitely exciting.

‘For the manager to hand over the armband is a real boost.

‘It’s over to me now to make the most of the opportunity ahead.

‘He (Cook) said to me I will start the first pre-season game as captain and my performance levels will determine whether I keep the shirt or not – so it is over to me.

‘All I can ask is for that opportunity and now I have to really put the hard work in throughout pre-season and get myself up to the kind of levels I am capable of.

‘I was captain a few times last year but only once I signed permanently did Andy (Awford) feel he could give me the armband.

‘Ben Chorley was named the captain for that season and full respect to that.

‘I then came in and tried to impress Portsmouth, really just hoping to be part of something at this club.

‘I was also skipper at Millwall, throughout my career I have always been more a leader by example.

‘Everything is moving forward at this club, they have made a big statement bringing in a manager of Paul Cook’s calibre with everything he has done.

‘They are very determined to get this club back where it belongs and I just want to be part of that.’

Robinson made 38 appearances during an impressive maiden season at Fratton Park.

Contracted until the summer of 2016, there is nowhere else he would rather be.

He added: ‘There was an opportunity to move on, I had to consider it because it was put to me, it was a longer-term deal than I have here.

‘But I said to the manager I wanted to be part of things here and fight for a place.

‘I couldn’t leave at that time, if I had it would have been the wrong time for me. I saw the opportunity to be part of something good here and that is too good to resist.’