Player-manager Michael Shinn excited by the leadership qualities former Ipswich Town player Joe Robinson will bring to Newmarket Town
Newmarket Town player-manager Michael Shinn believes that Joe Robinson will help to provide the leadership qualities his side lacked last season.
It was confirmed last week the defender, who made one senior appearance for Ipswich Town in 2016, had agreed to join the Jockeys after helping King’s Lynn Town to gain promotion to the National League North via the play-offs.
He may only be 22 years old, but given his professional background – plus stints with Bishop’s Stortford and Cambridge City as well as Lynn – Shinn is confident Robinson, whose brother Ben is already with the club, can help his new team-mates to reach new levels.
“With Ben being with us we always knew we had half a chance of getting Joe in. As soon as we knew he was leaving King’s Lynn we acted,” said Shinn.
“He’s obviously going to be really good for us but hopefully we will be good for him as well. He has got a young family now, but he still has the chance to help us to progress as a club.
“I have spoken before about how we were missing a bit of leadership last year and Joe will provide that.
“He may be young but he has seen a lot in the game and it is important he does not let those levels peter out.
“I am sure he will stay at the level he has been used to, and that will drag the other players up to improve their levels as well.”
Robinson is the third new player to have agreed terms with Newmarket this summer, with midfielder James Seymour and, more recently, striker Mark Lovell committing themselves to the club.
Lovell is someone Shinn knows well having managed him at West Wratting, and he is backing the former Haverhill Rovers and Soham Town Rangers frontman to become a key player at Newmarket.
“Like James and Joe, Mark will provide us with some natural leadership,” he added.
“Some players have to really work hard at being a leader but with those three it is just in them.
“In a way we may have gambled on him a little bit at Wratting – I know he thinks that way because he had not played much – but he is doing himself an injustice there because his quality was clear to see.
“He will work hard, hold the ball up at the other end of the pitch and it will free Lewis (Whitehead) up to do what he loves doing, making those runs in behind.
“Centre-backs are not going to enjoy playing against him next season because he is not going to give them a moment of peace.”