Defender eyes Pompey move

Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
Paul Robinson. Picture: Joe Pepler
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Paul Robinson has revealed he is in talks over a possible permanent switch to Pompey.

The Millwall defender’s current loan spell ends on January 5 but Blues boss Andy Awford is keen to extend his stay.

Another loan arrangement looked most likely but discussions are ongoing between the two clubs over a free transfer for the 32-year-old, who is out of contract in the summer.

And while Robinson admits nothing has been decided as yet, he is open to a longer spell – despite the latest setback in the 3-2 home loss to Accrington Stanley.

Robinson said: ‘There are two clubs involved, so I have been speaking to Millwall as well as speaking to Portsmouth.

‘I need to reach an agreement with both sides for it to be something that works effectively for me.

‘I am looking to stay here. I enjoy working and playing here and playing for the manager.

‘It’s a good group of lads and it feels like the club is very, very close to taking off.

‘It would be lovely to be part of the group of lads that makes that happen.

‘We’ve been discussing a loan extension and a permanent deal so we will see what happens.

‘Millwall haven’t said I’m free to go at the moment, so there are still plenty of discussions to be had.

‘It only takes a couple of suspensions or injuries and it can all change.

‘So we will just have to wait and see what materialises.

‘I’ve really enjoyed my time here. It’s a great club.

‘These things always seem to drag out a little bit but hopefully something can get sorted.’

At present, Robinson’s final game will be the home clash against Tranmere on Saturday, January 3.

But with the pressure increasing on Awford to get his team firing again, the experienced centre-back believes Pompey are close to finding the elusive consistency that has been missing this season.

Robinson said: ‘It doesn’t feel like we are far away but we just need to find that edge.

‘Once we start doing that consistently, it’s something you won’t be able to stop.

‘Everyone wants to get results for this club and for the manager. I’ve really enjoyed working for him.

‘He’s been great since I’ve been here, so we are trying incredibly hard.

‘A couple of wins can make things look very different.

‘We just need to put that run together.’

And after a poor defensive display from Pompey in their first home defeat in League Two since August, Robinson knows that has to improve.

He said: ‘The start wasn’t good and we gave ourselves a mountain to climb.

‘As a defender, it’s frustrating because you give yourself little chance of getting anything out of a game when you concede three goals.

‘There will be a lot of hard work on the training pitch to put things right.’

Watch official highlights of Pompey v Accrington here.