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Linfield defender Josh Robinson speaks of pride at becoming father and clinching Premiership title in 24 hours

Happy family: Josh and Kristina with new arrival, Rosa Betty
Happy family: Josh and Kristina with new arrival, Rosa Betty
Josh Robinson playing for Linfield

By Graham Luney

Josh Robinson is reflecting on a special few days in his life after becoming a father for the first time and then helping his Linfield side become the daddies of the Irish League again.

Rosa Betty was born at the Royal Victoria Hospital on April 4 weighing eight pounds, 13 ounces and the following day Robinson helped the Blues overcome Ballymena United 1-0 at the Showgrounds to effectively seal the Gibson Cup's return journey to Windsor Park.

The former Crusaders ace and his girlfriend Kristina are now spending quality time with their daughter and while she may be too young to take part in trials for the Linfield Ladies team, Robinson hopes Rosa will make a debut appearance at Windsor this afternoon - and get her hands on the league trophy for the first time.

The glittering prize will be presented to the Blues after today's league clash with Glenavon.

It's not every week you become a father and win a league championship and the 25-year-old is still trying to take it all in.

"It's been pretty busy and things are only starting to calm down," he said. "The baby was born at the Royal Victoria Hospital the night before the Ballymena game and I played the whole match, though I picked up an injury.

"I've suffered ankle ligament damage which is a bit of a nightmare but I've time to recover and hopefully be back for pre-season.

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"I was there in the hospital when it all happened and it's a proud and emotional moment for all of us.

"She's Rosa Betty Robinson. Hopefully on Saturday she will be on the pitch with me.

"It's a special time for all of us. I was busted after the Ballymena game and the adrenaline must have ran out. I could have slept for a week.

"The gaffer (David Healy) asked me if I was okay to play and you always want to play in a big game. It was an important win with Andy Waterworth delivering as usual.

"Becoming a father is something that is difficult to describe. I'm obviously very happy and proud. I'm looking forward to the future and spending time with Rosa. I haven't really had a chance to think about what has happened both on and off the pitch. Things will sink in more at the end of the season.

"Rosa is keeping us busy for now and she's not allowing us much time to sit back and think about everything. I can't wait to bring her and my family down to Windsor. It will be a proud moment to have her in my arms on the pitch."

The doting dad wanted a league winner's medal to silence some of the doubters and it's mission accomplished.

"It's been a great season and exciting to be a part of what we have achieved," he added. "I'm pleased to have played a big role and I've enjoyed playing alongside Jimmy Callacher, Chris Casement and Niall Quinn. We've been a solid back four and the whole team have been magnificent.

"The club have come through hard times and it was nice to win two trophies this season.

"I've another league winner's medal and we can all look forward to playing in the Champions League. We will enjoy this title win and maybe this injury will give me a longer break.

"I'm hands on now to help Rosa and with the pressure off in the football I can spend more time with Rosa."

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