John Robinson. What the papers say.

Last updated : 11 July 2003 By Michael Morris
Robbo: City are on the up

CARDIFF CITY newcomer John Robinson yesterday spelt out the reasons why he turned down another year in the Premiership to play in the First Division.

The former Charlton midfielder had a year to run on his contract at The Valley and could happily have picked up his Addicks salary every month.

But the 31-year-old Wales international decided to move on - and drop down a division - after talking to the Bluebirds.

Robinson made City his No.1 choice after his very first meeting with City boss Lennie Lawrence. "I didn't need much persuading to come to Cardiff," said City's first summer signing yesterday.

"After leaving my first meeting with the club my gut feeling was to join Cardiff."

But Robinson, capped 30 times by Wales before announcing his retirement from international football last year, just couldn't wait to sign on the dotted line.

"A few clubs were interested in me, but Cardiff was my first choice and that was because of the person sitting across the table - Lennie Lawrence," he said.
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Here's to you, Mr Robinson.

JOHN ROBINSON cost Cardiff City exactly £1.8m less than they paid for Peter Thorne.

He wasn't paraded at a Press conference by a beaming Hammam, as the Bluebirds owner did when he captured Graham Kavanagh and Spencer Prior for close to £2m.

Nationally, Robinson's move from the Premiership to the Bluebirds isn't hitting the transfer Richter scale. Not compared to Harry Kewell's £5m move.

But if that one is being dubbed 'Kops and Robbers' as Leeds accuse Liverpool of getting their man on the cheap, Robinson's move is City's biggest steal for more than 30 years.

Kevin Ratcliffe, for a brief period apart in 1993, you probably have to go way back to Brian Harris in 1967 for a Bluebirds signing of such magnitude.
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