May 18, 2016 by Shane Ireland
By Shane Ireland
Birmingham City defender Paul Robinson has signed a one-year contract extension with the club.
The 37-year-old’s previous deal was due to expire this summer, and his new deal incorporates a coaching role.
The club captain will assist Senior Professional Development Coach Richard Beale in coaching Blues’ Under-21s and Under-18s sides.
Robinson joined Blues in November 2012, and has since played 146 games, scoring four goals.
Last season, he made 27 appearances.
The veteran posted this message on Instagram, revealing to delight to remain at St Andrew’s.
How does it get any better?? I am so grateful for this new 1 year deal working at this fantastic club @bcfcofficial the opportunity for me to not only play my part on the field again but to also help off the field for players to be mentally & physically better for what lies ahead in their futures if they really want it enough. I would like to thank my gorgeous wife @caroline04ppr and my 4 amazing boys who always keep me grounded, believing in me and pushing me to achieve the impossible ❤️ I will enjoy the rest of my break now then back to keep pushing this great club forward #itcanalwaysgetbetter #grateful #bcfc #lovetheball #kro ⚽️
Blues boss Gary Rowett, speaking to bcfc.com, said: “We wanted Robbo to stay and we are delighted that he has re-signed.
“This year he showed his value to the team and squad when he featured.
“Gone are the days when he will be playing 50-odd games-a-season. We both know that.
“But I believe he he can still be influential in other areas as well: one of the ways working with the Under-21s, whilst still being available to play of course.
“I wanted to utilise his experience around the place again. I’ve said it before but he’s a dying breed, with that desire to win and example he sets. I wanted to harness that.
“And with coaching responsibilities, it helps him for his future career and also helps us in that continuity aspect between the 21s and First Team, which is something we have been trying to evolve.”