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Youngster can't wait to get started with the Linnets following his arrival at the Walks

Joe Robinson says joining King’s Lynn Town represents a major step forward in his career.

The 22-year-old central defender arrived at the Walks on Wednesday night after making the switch from Cambridge City in the Southern League Eastern Division.

Robinson says the chance to come to Lynn was too good to turn down, not least because he will be able to learn from Ian Culverhouse.

King's Lynn Town director of football Robbie Back welcomes defender Joe Robinson to the Walks. (6301061)
King's Lynn Town director of football Robbie Back welcomes defender Joe Robinson to the Walks. (6301061)

“I want to play as high as I can for as long as I can,” said Robinson.

“Coming to King’s Lynn gives me the perfect chance to progress my career with a big club.

“I’ve been speaking to a few players who know Ian, not from this club but from other sides, and they all said that it’s a massive opportunity for me to play for a manager like that.

“It was a no-brainer for me with the size of the club, the players who are already here and my experiences of having played against Lynn for Bishops Stortford last season.

“I spoke to Robbie Nightingale, my manager at Cambridge City, and even he said himself that it was an opportunity that I couldn’t turn down.”

Robinson added: “I’d like to think that I’m very composed on the ball for a centre-back.

“I like to play a bit at the back but I’m not ridiculous with it. When it has to be no-nonsense then I get rid of it.”

Haverhill-born Robinson learned his trade at Ipswich Town, having been part of the academy since he was 12.

He made his first team debut for the Blues in an FA Cup match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park.

But after loan spells at Woking, Boston United and St Albans City, he was released at the end of the 2016-17 campaign, having spent 10 years with the Portman Road outfit.

The youngster signed for Bishops Stortford where he made 44 appearances and scored five goals, featuring against the Linnets twice last season.

New signing Joe Robinson. (6301059)
New signing Joe Robinson. (6301059)

Director of football Robbie Back said: “Joe is a player who we’ve been looking at for some time and he fits the mould we are looking for here at King’s Lynn.

“He’s a confident lad, a good talker and has been captain for a number of clubs. He is ambitious and wants to play as high as he possibly can.

“More importantly, he has experience of this level having played for Bishops Stortford last season where he left a good impression with Ian.

“He wants to improve under the guidance of Ian and Paul.

“We spent a good hour-and-a-half with him earlier this week and we are pleased to get him on board.”

Robinson will be a valuable addition to a threadbare Linnets squad, which has been left severely depleted by recent injuries to defenders Aaron Jones and Jordan Richards.

The Cambridge-based youngster made 23 appearances for the Lilywhites this campaign, scoring one goal.


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