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I'm desperate to silence doubters by winning trophies with Linfield: Josh Robinson

By Graham Luney

Josh Robinson has admitted he wants to prove the doubters wrong as he chases silverware at Linfield.

The defender's early spell at the Blues was difficult as he aimed to move on from the contentious transfer which upset his former comrades at Crusaders.

Linfield swooped to sign Robinson even though he was training with the Crues and the Shore Road men were convinced he would join them following his return from York City.

Both clubs claimed they had signed the former Rangers youngster on the same night.

Crusaders insisted all necessary documentation had been sent to the Irish Football Association, but Linfield's website posted pictures of manager David Healy with Robinson before the IFA confirmed he was a Blues player.

The Crues were fuming and Robinson took a barrage of stick from fans but the 25-year-old now wants to win prizes at Windsor Park to prove he made the right call.

"I would like to prove the doubters wrong, the people who said you would never achieve anything at Linfield," said Robinson ahead of the Premiership clash at Seaview on Saturday.

"It's extra motivation. I have that winning mentality but you always want to prove things to yourself. If I didn't win anything at Linfield it would hurt me. Football is my life and I'm a winner.

"This year I want to win silverware. It's hard to win the league but we will be challenging for it.

"That's a big goal for me. I have two winner's medals and want another one with Linfield.

"The Crues will be up there and Ballymena United are looking strong too. Glenavon lost Mark Sykes which is a blow to them but you can't underestimate anyone."

Robinson has played a key role in a Linfield defence which has really stood tall. Only 15 goals conceded in 24 league clashes is a remarkable statistic with the next best defensive record being the 30 shipped by Coleraine.

That resilient rearguard provides the platform for a strong title assault and Jimmy Callacher has made a big impact at both ends of the pitch, weighing in with eight league goals, four behind top scorer Andy Waterworth.

Callacher and Robinson are real threats from set-pieces and the Dundonald man enjoys playing alongside the former Glentoran favourite.

"Myself and Jimmy have that kind of partnership that myself and Colin Coates had when we won league titles at Crusaders," added Robinson.

"I've worked hard to cement my place with Jimmy, who is very dominant in the air and scoring plenty of goals. He's probably the best centre-half in the league at the moment and it's great to play alongside him. Hopefully he can keep scoring goals because you need everyone pulling together to win the league title. David Healy has been great with me and as long as you perform you will stay in the team.

"Jimmy is a great leader, we argue a lot but we are both passionate about winning. Hopefully we can record more clean sheets."

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