Robinson calls time on playing career
Former Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers and England goalkeeper has today announced his retirement as a player which has brought an end to his time at Burnley after just over a year.
Robinson joined the Clarets during the 2015/16 promotion season when Matt Gilks suffered an injury and became Tom Heaton’s deputy. He wasn’t called upon as we won the Championship title but made three Premier League appearances for us during last season, the last of which came at Swansea in February.
He lost his place on the bench due to a recurring back injury and it’s that which has forced his departure. “Unfortunately, my back problem returned towards the end of last season and has prevented me being ready for the start of the new season,” he said.
“Taking everything into consideration I’ve decided to announce my retirement. I have been very fortunate to play the game I love for so many years and make it my career.”
He added: “I intend to take a short time out to spend time with my family and explore the different options available to me.
“I would like to sincerely thank all my family and friends who have stood by me throughout my playing career. I have been very lucky to play for four very special football clubs and my country. I would like to say a huge thank-you to the supporters and staff of every one as I was able to build a very special relationship with each.
“I would like to say thank-you to Sean Dyche, Billy Mercer, the staff and players at Burnley who gave me the chance to play in the premier league again at 37 years old.
“In all my career I have never been a part of a more dedicated, hard-working set of players and staff. I wish them and all my former clubs the very best of luck for next season.”
Dyche, who may now look to bring in another goalkeeper, although it does appear the Shay Given speculation could be wide of the mark, said of Robinson: “Paul played a big part in what we have achieved over the past couple of seasons – literally at times last season – and always as an important member of the group.
“He made a big contribution during his time at Burnley and we would all like to wish him well in his next venture, as well as making sure that he will always welcome back at Turf Moor.”Follow UpTheClarets:
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