Pompey loanee Robinson weighs up future

Paul Robinson in action against Shrewsbury Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson in action against Shrewsbury Picture: Joe Pepler

Next summer represents a pivotal period in the footballing future of Paul Robinson.

In the meantime, the central defender needs to negotiate a Pompey January dilemma as he plots his next career move.

The 32-year-old has been an impressive performer since linking up with the Blues on loan from Millwall back in August.

He has stood head and shoulders above his defensive colleagues, both in terms of appearances and quality of displays.

Andy Awford has made no secret of his desire to retain Robinson long beyond the January expiry of his loan stay.

No conclusion has yet to be reached.

Indeed, these are critical times for the ex-Lions skipper, as he weighs up his next move – both in January and with his contract at The Den expiring in the summer.

‘Obviously, we (Pompey) have had a few discussions along the way, but I’m just trying to play as many games as I can and give a good account of myself,’ said Robinson.

‘Whatever happens I will be in a good place in January.

‘My contract is up in the summer so my next move is a big one. I am 32 as well so it is one of those stages in your career that is important.

‘Having been at Millwall so long it was always going to be quite a big change coming here, but it has been seamless. I feel I have fitted in here and it’s a great bunch of lads and a good club.

‘I’m really enjoying my time at Portsmouth playing week in, week out.

‘I played 27 games for Millwall last year, so played a fair few games in the Championship, but Ian Holloway made it clear come August it was going to be difficult for me to play as a regular part of his team.

‘I am one of those that needs to be playing regularly to keep my feet moving and body up to speed, I need to get into a rhythm and then I can play better.

‘I would find it difficult going back to Millwall and not playing games. I am the kind of person that needs to play and wants to play – not one of those that try to sit back when not playing.

‘I’ve been fairly pleased with my form. I’ve been part of a really good group at a good club here and really enjoyed playing here.

‘Most of all, I have loved going out at 3pm on a Saturday or whatever time it is these days – and I always want to be on someone’s team sheet playing games.’

Having risen through the ranks at Millwall, Robinson has gone on to make 362 appearances for the club.

Last year a testimonial was held in his honour against Rayo Vallecano at The Den.

However, the defender has not played for the club since lining-up against Bournemouth in May – although he has not given up hope of remaining there.

He added: ‘I don’t know about Millwall yet, I really don’t know, we are still having early discussions.

‘Things can change so quickly in football, we will just have to wait and see.

‘The most important thing is trying to play as well as I can and then all that will take care of itself come January.

‘You need a crystal ball in this game, you never know what can happen – a run of injuries, loss of form or letting in a few goals.

‘But for the time being, I am at Portsmouth and happy here.’