STEVE Robinson says his close relationship with manager Simon Wormull was a major factor in signing a new deal at Lewes FC.
The Rooks skipper turned down better money with offers on the table from Billericay and Steve King’s Macclesfield, and even took a pay cut to stay on at the Dripping Pan.
Robbo said: “It took a bit of time to sort out as it always does with football contracts but I decided Lewes was right for me and I’m very happy to be staying.
“At this stage of my career it’s not about money, and I have other things to think about like my job and Worms (manager Simon Wormull) understands that. The manager knows me and it’s often easier with a manager who you’ve worked with before.”
With the playing budget slashed from £3,400 to £2,000 a week Robbo confirmed: “Yes I’ve had to take a pay cut like I am sure everybody else at the club has. To be honest it’s the worst money I’ve been on for 12 years, but I like it at Lewes and the fact that I’m taking a pay cut shows my commitment to the club.”
Robinson scooped both the Supporter’s Player of the Year and Managers Player of the Year as well as being named in the Ryman Premier Select XI as the best centre back in the league.
Wormull is currently in talks with two other players, at least one of being a full-back, the position the manager is keen to strengthen, and expects to have something confirmed ahead of the start of pre-season training on June 30.
The manager will be meeting the fans next Tuesday evening (June 19, from 7pm) at the Dripping Pan’s Rook Inn, where England’s final group game against Ukraine (7.45pm k/o) of the Euros is also being shown. Entry is free.