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Former Linfield defender Josh Robinson

Former Linfield defender Josh Robinson

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Former Linfield defender Josh Robinson

Glentoran have sensationally taken pole position in the race to sign Josh Robinson, hoping to land the former Linfield defender early this week.

The 27-year-old is out of contract at Windsor Park and has been in dialogue with several clubs about his next move.

Larne cooled their interest over the weekend after it emerged Robinson was edging towards a move to his native east Belfast.

The Dundonald man hails from a famous footballing family, as both his grandfather Billy Millen and uncle George Dunlop starred for Linfield in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

After returning from a spell at Rangers, he signed for Crusaders eight years ago and won two Premiership titles before clinching a move to York City in 2016.

He caused controversy when he returned from England a year later, signing for BOTH Crusaders and Linfield, with the Blues registering the player first and giving Robinson a three-year deal.

However, the versatile player found opportunities limited at Windsor this year, making just 12 appearances.

Contract negotiations stalled around Christmas, with Linfield eventually withdrawing their offer of a new deal, alerting rival clubs to the availability of the talented defender.

Larne and Crusaders were initially linked with Robinson but now the Glens look set to land him in a shock move as they make plans for the new season.

Mick McDermott's assistant Paul Millar - who played for both Linfield and Glentoran himself - is in charge of recruitment and has been very busy.

Sunday Life understands the Glens are also considering moves for Chris Casement, Cameron Dummigan, Michael O'Connor and Ben Kennedy.

Northern Ireland U21 international Kennedy was thought to be Windsor-bound but Linfield sources indicate they will not be signing the 23-year-old nephew of former senior international Peter Kennedy.

The young striker was released by Stevenage last month and got into hot water recently when he admitted breaking lockdown restrictions and spitting at a police officer during an incident in Lisburn on April 30.

Belfast Telegraph