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Josh Robinson confirmed as Linfield player amid Crusaders dispute

The IFA have confirmed Josh Robinson will play with Linfield but Crusaders, who claim they had also signed the former York City defender, are now seeking legal advice.

The IFA released a statement on Friday evening clarifying the position after the two Irish League clubs both announced they had snapped up the footballer.

The organising body said it received Standard Professional Contract forms for Josh Robinson from both Linfield FC, at 7.56pm and Crusaders FC , at 10.56pm on Thursday, the IFA statement said.

"Having considered the documentation received from both clubs, and based upon Irish FA regulations regarding priority of registrations, the Irish FA can confirm that the player is successfully registered with Linfield FC," the statement concluded.

On Friday afternoon, Linfield posted a picture of Josh Robinson at Windsor Park with manager David Healy.

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Linfield first tweeted that they had signed the player at 10.33pm on Thursday, with Crusaders following at 11.32pm.

Healy wrote on the club's Facebook page: "Josh is coming home from York City and his addition will add real quality to our squad."

On Crusaders' website it was earlier announced that the player had signed a four-year contract in what would have been a return to his former club.

Reacting on Friday night, the club said “the events of the last 24 hours must not go unchallenged for fear of setting a precedent”.

Crusaders said Robinson trained with the club earlier this week.

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