Sudbury put Robinson on the transfer list

TRANSFER LIST: Ben Robinson
TRANSFER LIST: Ben Robinson
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AFC Sudbury have made defender Ben Robinson available for transfer.

The right-back, who arrived at The Wardale Williams Stadium from Haverhill Rovers in September 2014, made more appearances in all competitions than any other player during Sudbury’s recent promotion campaign.

His impressive form was recognised throughout the league, with Robinson — along with team-mates Marcus Garnham, Ryan Henshaw and Craig Parker — voted into the Ryman League Division One North Team of the Year.

However, manager Jamie Godbold believes Robinson’s attack-minded style of play has made the transition up to the Premier Division a tough one.

And with the permanent addition of fellow full-back Anthony Furlonge from Bishop’s Stortford having been rubber-stamped, Robinson is now down the pecking order.

“Last year Robbo had 20-odd assists to his name because we were able to get out a lot more,” Godbold said of the squad member he picked as Manager’s Player of the Year in 2015.

“This year we have found it difficult to get out so you have not seen him as much.

“If he is not galloping forward and crossing the ball in, we perhaps needed someone a little more defence-minded. That is what this level requires.

“Anthony coming in for the long term has meant we had to make a decision on Robbo. He just wants to play football, as do most footballers.”

Robinson — brother of Ipswich Town defender Joe — came on as a 42nd-minute substitute for the injured Furlonge during Tuesday evening’s 5-1 win over Grays Athletic.

With the opposition reduced to 10 men early on, Robinson was given the space to rampage forward and set up good chances for James Baker and Liam Wales, although neither were able to convert.

Asked if it had been a swan-song outing for the 23-year-old in front of the Sudbury faithful, Godbold replied: “We don’t know. As of today he is on the transfer list.

“I am pleased for him tonight because he had to put a lot aside to be here.

“He has shown his professionalism and still put in a real good performance.”

n Meanwhile, Sudbury youngster Tyler French has been handed a trial by Ipswich Town.

The 17-year-old, who signed a three-year deal with AFC only last month, has featured for the Championship club’s Under-18 and Under-23 sides over the last seven days.

“It promotes us, our academy and the good work that Danny Laws and his team are doing,” said Godbold. “Has he got all the tools needed to be a top-class centre-back? I would say yes.

“His enthusiasm to want to learn and get better will bode him well if he does make the step up.”