Former Cambridge City defender Ben Robinson looking to help Newmarket Town challenge towards the top end of the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division
Ben Robinson is well aware that his decision to swap higher-league Cambridge City for Newmarket Town will have caught many people by surprise.
However, the right-back has made the switch in the belief that his new club has the potential to one day stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the one he has left behind.
After a stint with Haverhill Rovers, Robinson moved to AFC Sudbury and made more appearances than any other player in their Isthmian League Division One North title-winning campaign of 2015/16.
The 25-year-old was named in the league’s Team of the Year that season, but the following term brought about a switch to Cambridge City, for whom he had been a near ever present prior to his move down a division to join Newmarket.
Nevertheless, following discussions with Newmarket player-boss Michael Shinn, Robinson is excited by the future at the Bloorie.com Stadium.
“Cambridge City is a massive club in the area that should be higher up than they are,” he said.
“They are having some difficult times at the moment with chopping and changing the squad, but I really enjoyed it there and it was tough to leave.
“But I run my own business and that has taken off over the last 12 months and the move to Newmarket makes sense.
“The facilities are great and there is the potential to move through the leagues and be playing the likes of City – I would love to be part of that.
“Shinny has got things in a good place and if we can add two or three more players there is no reason why we cannot be winning things – that is all you want as a player.
“There are some exciting times to come at Newmarket and I am glad to be involved.”
Presently, Robinson will link up with a side that has had an inconsistent season in the Thurlow Nunn League Premier Division.
Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Long Melford has left the Jockeys in 11th place, having won just eight of their 21 fixtures.
But while there appears to be little to play for between now and the end of April, Robinson feels it is an important period for the club with 2019/20 in mind.
“We are already building for next season and me coming in is part of that,” he added. “If a couple more players arrive then we can really bed things in between now and the end of the season and hit the ground running in pre-season.
“Nobody wants to be a mid-table side and there are real plans at Newmarket to be challenging. Shinny has put together a great group already and if we can all get familiar with each other between now and the end of the season that will be a positive for next year.”
Robinson is hopeful he can shake off a dead leg to make his Newmarket debut at Norwich United on Saturday (3pm).