Robbo banishes demons
Paul Robinson insists that he is ready to show 'no fear' as he looks to get his career back on track.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 29/07/08 8:07pm
New Blackburn Rovers signing Paul Robinson insists that he is ready to show 'no fear' as he looks to get his career back on track.
The England international recently completed his £3.5million move from Tottenham, and is looking forward to the prospect of making a fresh start at Ewood Park.
The 28-year-old has fallen out of the international reckoning following a high-profile error in a Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia, while he struggled to hold down a first-team spot during his final season at White Hart Lane.
However, the confident keeper is adamant that the problems of his past will not affect his performances for Rovers next term.
"I don't think there's anything that can hurt me any more. I can play without fear," said Robinson.
"Everybody has a dip in confidence and form and circumstances didn't help last year.
"It's helped me develop as a player and as a person. I've had everything from winning the Cup to being left out of the team in the space of five to six weeks, and the stuff with England as well.
"I was ready for a new start and a new challenge. This move has helped me find the fire and ambition that I knew I had but maybe drained out of me over last season, not by choice."
Robinson is also looking forward to working under manager Paul Ince and believes that the former England midfielder can help him regain the No.1 jersey for the national side.
"I've still got things to prove," he added.
"I want to start playing well on a consistent level and get back in the England team. I'm 28 and I've got 42 caps and I intend to add to those.
"I was linked with a lot of clubs this summer but as soon as Blackburn were interested I knew where I was going. This is great club and I intend to be here for a long time."