Paul Robinson made Pompey skipper after pledging future

Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
  • Robinson made more than 350 appearances for Millwall
  • Last term he was runner-up in The News/Sports Mail Player of the Season vote

Paul Robinson has underlined his Pompey commitment by turning down interest from another club.

And Paul Cook has responded by appointing the 33-year-old as his club captain.

At the back you have the likes of Whatmough, Webster and Burgess, who are young lads. Can you get a better role model than Robbo? I don’t think you can

Paul Cook

The central defender is back in action having recovered from the fractured cheekbone which ruled him out of the final 10 matches of last season.

His absence proved to be a massive blow as the Blues subsequently hit a slump, leading to Andy Awford’s exit.

Now Cook is at the helm and has wasted no time in convincing Robinson he has a key role to play.

And Pompey’s boss praised the dedication of the ex-Millwall man.

He said: ‘I have made Robbo our club captain.

‘I’ve had good talks with him and he has turned down a move away from the club because he wanted to be here.

‘These are good things I don’t mind telling people.

‘One of the things I offer all of the players is if they don’t want to be with us then off you go. I don’t want anybody at the club who doesn’t want to be here.

‘There was strong interest from another club in our league, they offered Robbo a good deal.

‘He came to see me, we had a good chat and he wanted to give Portsmouth his best shot.

‘That is great credit to Robbo, his family and Portsmouth Football Club.

‘We are not coming in to change everything. It might seem like that but we want a happy environment.

‘If lads do think about leaving then leave, don’t think about it going into August and September, don’t be having a bad effect on the rest of us.

‘If we are going to get promotion this year then we need everybody at it and then supporters can rest happy knowing we are all in it together and doing the best for the club.

‘If lads are seeking an opportunity to move on and that is what they want to do then I won’t stand in anyone’s way.’

Robinson made 38 appearances for the Blues last term, with his initial loan from Millwall turned permanent in January.

His impressive form was reflected when he was voted runner-up in The News/Sports Mail player of the season and Cook is adamant he wants him in his Pompey defence.

He added: ‘He is a good lad and conducts himself really well.

‘At the back you have the likes of Whatmough, Webster and Burgess, who are young lads.

‘Can you get a better role model than Robbo? I don’t think you can.

‘Ian Evatt did that well for me at Chesterfield.

‘Robbo for me starts, he is captain of the club, then it is up to him.

‘It’s like the rest of them, I can’t guarantee what September and October brings but if you are playing well and things are going well I am sure there won’t be a lot of change.’