Robinson confirms Blackburn Rovers exit plans

Paul Robinson has confirmed he will leave Blackburn Rovers in the summer, and admits he could head abroad for a fresh challenge.

The former England international has been at Ewood Park since Paul Ince signed him from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2008, in a deal which cost the Lancashire club £3.5milllion. Robinson, who earned 41 caps for his country, has played almost 200 times in all competitions for Rovers, but he has found first team football hard to come by in recent months.

Manager Gary Bowyer prefers Jason Steele in goal for the Championship side, meaning Robinson has not featured since the 3-2 defeat against Derby County back in September. The 35-year-old failed to secure a transfer during the January transfer window, but with his contract set to expire in the summer, he has confirmed to Sky Sports that he will leave Blackburn and possibly move abroad.

“I was taken out of the team in September and haven’t played since. I’ve been pretty much in limbo,” Robinson told Goals on Sunday. “I was hoping something would happen in January, but of course that was such a quiet window. I’m not sure that any goalkeeper moved in the window in January. It’s been pretty tough in the last five months, just training and trying to keep my focus.

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge. I’m looking forward to something coming up in the summer and making a decision on my future. Would I go abroad? I don’t see why not. I’ll try anything. English goalkeepers tend not to go abroad, but I’m open to listening to every kind of offer. There’s a few things at the moment, but I’m going to take my time and pick the right one.”

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