Ex-Millwall skipper leaves AFC Wimbledon – and admits he is unsure about next move

PAUL Robinson has left AFC Wimbledon after three years with the club.

Robinson, 36, played his last game for the Dons against Bury last weekend, his 119th appearance.

Defender Robinson won promotion to League One in 2016 when Neal Ardley’s side defeated Plymouth 2-0 at Wembley.

He started his career at Millwall, captaining the team and scoring the winning goal in the 2010 League One play-off final against Swindon.

Robinson moved to Portsmouth when he left the Lions before joining the Dons in the summer of 2015.

He hasn’t decided yet on his next move, whether playing or in coaching.

“It was pretty obvious I would be leaving so I tried to savour every moment really," Robinson told AFC Wimbledon’s official website. "I was grateful to the manager for playing me in the last game of the season. It was nice for me to play one final time in the blue and yellow number six jersey.

“I wanted to thank the fans because they have been really good with me. It was a nice day because I had all of my family with me, it was a great way to sign off.

"I've loved every single moment of my time here, it has been great in the last three years. When I left Portsmouth my career was at a crossroads really, I did not know where I was heading, but to achieve a promotion in my first season was an amazing achievement.

“As you get older, you think that the opportunity to get to Wembley will become less and less. From Christmas onwards in my first season we went on a great run, we just knew it was our time. It felt everything was right around the place and we built up that momentum you need to get promoted. It was an amazing way to round off the season.”

Robinson was back at his former home in 2016-17, marshalling his side to a 0-0 draw.

"In the next season we established ourselves as a League One club and it was particularly good for me to go back to The Den," he continued. "That was a bonus for me. In terms of the history of AFC Wimbledon, it's great to have contributed to our special moment along the way. All my three daughters were at Wembley to see it and that meant a lot.

“I feel privileged to have played for three fantastic clubs and AFC Wimbledon will always have a place in my heart.

“As far as I was concerned, it's been great to play a little part in the AFC Wimbledon journey, I've made some great friends here. You can tell that the unity of the whole club is fantastic, I just want to thank everyone, including the manager, his staff, people working at the club, and the fans. It's been such an enjoyable three years for me. I'm gutted to be leaving, but I'm proud of my time here."

“There is nothing at the moment that I'm saying I'm definitely going to do. Everyone says to me, 'play as long as you can', and that will be my first aim. If there is nothing available on that front, maybe I will look at the next stage of my career. I am quite relaxed about it at the moment. I'm just going to be patient and make sure I keep in shape over the summer, so that I'm ready to grasp any opportunity that comes my way."

Image: Millwall FC 

John Kelly