Haverhill teenager eyeing up a first team bow 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

Teenager Joe Robinson has set his sights on a first team debut for Ipswich Town after making the bench for their league win on Saturday.

The 19-year-old central defender, who is from Haverhill, was an unused substitute in their 3-0 win at Charlton Athletic - having only got the nod that same morning from manager Mick McCarthy.

Robinson, whose brother Ben played for Haverhill Rovers before switching to his current club, AFC Sudbury, was made skipper of Town’s U-21s in October and his performances have clearly caught the eye of McCarthy, who decided to give him a place among the subs for the first time ever - although he did travel to Brentford on the opening day of the season but didn’t make the bench.

“In my opinion I’ve been doing really well in under-21 games,” said Robinson.

“The gaffer offered me a (one year) contract at the start of the season and said ‘here it is, show me what you can do’ and it kind of made me go yeah, it’s a big opportunity and I think I’m getting better and better.

“If I’m honest, I didn’t see it coming. I didn’t think I would be on the bench but he said how well I’ve been doing and the coaching staff had said how well I’ve been doing and that I deserved it.

“I travelled down the night before and I had no idea that I would be on the bench at all. We just came down for breakfast and the gaffer told me then. I was nervous, I won’t deny that, but I was buzzing at the same time.”

With fellow central defenders Matt Clarke (Portsmouth) and Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) currently both out on loan Robinson is hoping to grab the chance to stake a stronger claim for further first team chances.

He said: “I don’t want to let it slip now. He’s got all these players out on loan and I’ve got an opportunity to show what I can do more now.

“He would not put me on the bench if he didn’t trust me. I hope there’s more to come now, that’s my aim.

“My next aim is to get onto the pitch. That is the next step for anyone in my position.”

Robinson has been at Ipswich Town since he was 12. Having played for West Wratting Youth FC for a couple of years he was spotted by a scout and given a game in a trial match with Ipswich U-12s.

He impressed enough to get a six week trial before being invited to sign for the club, eventually progressing to getting a two-year scholarship at 16, which was extended by one year until he signed a professional deal last summer.

Robinson added: “I want to stay here. My aim is to get a new contract.

“All you can do is give 110 per cent, that’s what I do every time. As long as I don’t come away with any regrets.”