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INTERVIEW: I'm really excited

Jack Robinson on signing for United

28 June 2023

Left-sided defender Jack Robinson made the permanent move to Brunton Park on Monday following his loan spell with the Blues during the second half of last season, and we caught up with him shortly after he'd put pen to paper on his two-year deal.

“I’m over the moon," he said. "For it to be on the back of the end of last season and the day at Wembley which was unbelievable makes it even better. I’m delighted to be here for two years and hopefully we can push on again next season.

“I know I didn’t play as much as I wanted to last season, but I just kept trying to train well and work hard. I’m delighted that the manager has been happy to give me a two-year deal. Obviously League One is a step up but we just want to push on again next season.

“I think it does help that I was here for the second half of last season. I’ve got to know the lads and I’ve never been part of a group like we had last season. We were so close and I think the day at Wembley made us even closer. It will be easy to fit straight back in and I’m really excited."

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“I’m really looking forward to getting going again," he told us. "The two-year deal means I can get my teeth into it, the aim will be to stay in League One but you never know what might happen, it could be another season like last year.

“I’ve obviously spoken to the gaffer and he just wants me to come back for pre-season ready to get straight into it. I think he wants us all to be excited about the challenge and be looking forward to it so we can keep the momentum going from the back end of last season.

“League One is a great challenge for us all. I think some people will think we’ll be down at the bottom of the league fighting but I think with the way we finished last season it’s something we’ll all be really looking forward to. We’re in League One for a reason and we’re there because we deserve to be there.

“It was great to be part of a day like we had at Wembley. I was so nervous watching the penalties, when Charters scored that last one my heart just went and I think we all just ran onto the pitch. It was unbelievable and I’ve never felt anything like that moment.

“Every game we went into last season we thought we would win the game and I think it was the same on the day of the final. We obviously came from behind to win the second leg against Bradford so we had the belief going into the final. We knew if we stuck to the plan we could do it, we ended up doing it the hard way but we go there in the end.

“It was just an unbelievable day. I’ve heard that the kit sales have been going really well and I know the season tickets have been selling well so it just brings everyone together and brings a real buzz around the place.

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“We need the fans next season the same as they were last year, they were unbelievable last season and hopefully this season they can keep it going and even increase the numbers."

Following loan spells to Yeovil and to Brunton Park last season, this marks his first permanent move away from the Riverside Stadium: "I’ve been at Boro for 11 years so it is a bit strange, but I think it’s the right time to move on.

"There was nowhere else I wanted to go other than here. Middlesbrough is where I live and it was nice to play for them, but I think there’s a time where you need to move on and start your career properly. This was always the place I wanted to come to do that.

“I feel like I took my opportunities when I got them last year and that’s all you can do really. I’d have obviously liked to have played more but we got promoted which was the main thing. I’m here for another two years so let’s see what can happen."

And ahead of pre-season, which starts on Wednesday, he admitted: “I am quite naturally fit but I still wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to pre-season!

"It’s a big part of making sure you’re ready for the season ahead so it has to happen. I’m just so excited to get the season started. It feels like only the other day when we were at Wembley, it’s all come round so quickly but I’m really excited for everything to get going again."

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