Haverhill teenager targeting more first team chances at Ipswich Town

Joe Robinson in action for the Ipswich Town Under-21 side, which he captains ANL-150112-161919002

Joe Robinson in action for the Ipswich Town Under-21 side, which he captains ANL-150112-161919002

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Furthering his career at Ipswich Town is now the sole aim for Joe Robinson, after the teenager was given another season at the club.

The 19-year-old from Haverhill was told last week by Town manager Mick McCarthy that he is being kept on at Portman Road, the place that has been his footballing home since the age of 12.

Last season saw Robinson make his first team debut as a substitute in the 2-1 FA Cup Third Round replay defeat at Portsmouth and spend a successful six week period on loan at National League side Woking, where he made six appearances.

Having been given the vote of confidence from his manager, Robinson now wants to make the most of his opportunity.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted with it, being offered something. It’s a big club.

“It’s another opportunity for me to get my head down and hopefully push on and hopefully get another deal or a regular place, whatever it is, and get my head down and push my career further forward.

McCarthy has made two other central defenders, Piotr Malarczyk and Josh Yorwerth, available for transfer but decided to keep faith with Robinson, a decision that has boosted the defender’s confidence.

He said: “It has given me great confidence. There are less players in my position for games but there is still me, I’m still here.

“It’s another year for me to show the manager what I can do, to keep improving. Obviously I’ve done enough for another year but I want to go that stage further and push for a place in the first team.

“I want to get more appearances on board.”

Speaking to TWTD about Robinson’s new deal, McCarthy had said: “Robbo’s a bit behind those (Yorwerth and Malarczyk) but he’ll be staying, he’ll be the captain of the U21s team.

“He’s a great example, he’s one of the youngest in his year and I’ll be brutally honest, six months ago I’d be thinking I probably wouldn’t have kept him.

“But he made such a rapid improvement and he’s such a great kid and such a great character and an example to others, I think based on that he’s worth that chance.

“He’s a young one in his year and as we all know young scholars, young academics, young professional footballers, if they’re almost 10 or 11 months behind some of the others, their peers, they do take a bit of catching up.

“He’s worth it on that basis and he’ll in the U21s, if not we’ll loan him out somewhere because he did well at Woking. That’s his future at the club and hopefully he improves enough to get in the team.”

Robinson also confirmed that having enjoyed his experience at Woking he would be happy to extend his football education with another loan spell, but he must first wait until he returns to pre-season training before any such decisions can be made.