PAUL Robinson doesn't claim to be the best player ever to have graced The Den.
But after 15 years of service at Millwall, firstly for the academy and then the first team, he hopes to have been one of the most committed.
And it is that fact which Robinson intends to celebrate during his testimonial game against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.
"When I was young I dreamed of being a professional footballer and having a career in the game – looking back now, to have achieved that, I'm very proud and delighted that it was with Millwall, a club I care so much about," he said this week.
"The fans have always been good with me but they do demand very high standards – they pay their money and they expect to see every player wearing the shirt with pride and giving their all. Thankfully that's one of the characteristics I've got.
"It's an exciting day and I'm really looking forward to it. It's a a day to celebrate my time at the club but it's also a good day for many other reasons – Neil Harris is back on the coaching staff, Steve Morison is returning to The Den and we've got some other exciting new signings like Richard Chaplow.
"Combined with all of that we've got a new manager who will want to make a good impression with the fans. It'll be a good way to finish off the hard work of pre-season and take us into the new campaign."
Given that Robinson has been dogged by injuries over the past 12 months, the centre-back will also use his testimonial to celebrate the simple fact that he is fit enough to play again.
"There were some really dark times last year, he said. "You go beyond frustration to a really deep fear that you won't get back out there. It seems like the hardest thing in the world to get back on a pitch and play football pain-free.
"What's great is that we kept trying and eventually we've got there. It's been a long, hard road to get to this stage but thankfully I'm training now day in, day out. Now all I'm worried about is how fit I am and how rusty my touch is, and that's a fantastic feeling.
"It's made me realise how fortunate I am and perhaps that the end of my career is on the horizon. Every day I'm going to enjoy myself, and every match I'm going to cherish. I'm not going to take anything for granted, as perhaps you do when you're younger and playing regularly."
Whilst the financial aspect of a testimonial is important to any player, four different charities – Marie Curie Cancer Care, the North London Hospice, Everyman and the Motor Neurone Disease Association – will also benefit from Robinson's big day.
He said: "Having been in the lower-ish leagues for the majority of my career, and at a club the size of Millwall, I am not in a position to turn money away, but I will be making donations. It's a good way of raising money for good causes. I won't be able to give it all to charity but I want to make a contribution."
There have been plenty of personal high points for Robinson during his 334 appearances for the Lions – from beating Watford, the club that released him in 1998, 4-0 on his full home debut, to scoring a vital equaliser against Gillingham in April 2008, a crucial goal in the club's fight against relegation from League One.
But understandably, promotion to the Championship at Wembley in May 2010 tops the lot.
"Scoring the goal was a fantastic thing in itself and was probably the icing on the cake," Robinson recalls. "But going into that day, the one thing I wanted to make sure of was being the first Millwall captain to lift a trophy at Wembley.
"We put that play-off burden behind us and every player achieved history on that day. To walk up the Wembley steps and pick up the trophy was a moment that I'm never ever going to forget in my lifetime.
"It was also a way of giving thanks to the fans in that moment – they've enabled me to be a professional footballer for the club I love playing for. To give something back on that special day was a great feeling."
The following year, Robinson came close to leaving The Den when Reading bid for him.
"It was close," the defender admitted. "If Millwall had accepted an offer I would have been put in a difficult situation – given the size of the two respective clubs, and financially, it would have been a tough decision to make.
"But the club stood firm, turned down the offer and rewarded me with a new deal at the end of that season. I think it all worked out for the best."
And now Robinson intends to finish his career in SE16.
He said: "That would definitely be my first choice – barring a Man United or Arsenal coming along, but I think that ship has sailed! Having been at Millwall for so long it would be strange moving onto another club, although obviously I want to make the most of my football career as well.
"It's testament to the club that myself and Alan Dunne have had testimonials in the last few years, spending our entire careers here and being well-supported both on and off the pitch by the whole club."
Robinson is already planning for what comes after his playing career – he has studied for a degree in journalism but his first ambition is to go into coaching and follow in the footsteps of Harris and David Livermore, former players who have both joined the backroom staff in recent years.
"I'm going to cover all angles," Robinson said. "I've already completed my UEFA B coaching license and I'm looking to get all of my badges done by the end of my career so that I'm set up to be on that side of the fence.
"Neil's just come back and David did the same last year. I like to think it's a conscious effort from the club to bring people back who know how this club works and know what it takes to be successful.
"If I can pass on my knowledge and things I've learned throughout my career to people trying to make their way in the game, that would be great. It would be an opportunity for me to learn a new trade and use the skills that I've built up."
But with his injury problems now behind him, Robinson's short-term focus remains firmly on playing – and he reckons he has plenty of years left in him yet.
"Physically, I have been checked from top to bottom over the past year and analysed everything to get that edge," he revealed. I know so much about how my body works now that I can put that into action and hopefully prolong my career, rather than dwell on the fact that I've missed a year."
So, above all, what does Robinson hope to achieve in the twilight years of his career? Well, promotion to the Premier League of course.
"That's the challenge every season we're in the Championship," he said. "As long as I'm at Millwall I'll be trying my hardest to achieve that. My first aim is to be back playing regularly, but I'd love to help this club get into the top flight."