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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 May, 2003, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Cardiff keen on Robinson
John Robinson
Robinson has won 30 caps for Wales
Cardiff City manager Lennie Lawrence says he wants to bring Wales international John Robinson to Ninian Park.

Long-serving midfielder Robinson has been given a free transfer by Charlton after 10 seasons with the club.

The 31-year-old still had a year left on his contract but only featured in 13 Premiership games this season.

Lawrence, preparing for the Second Division play-offs, has long been searching for a quality and experienced player to fill the troublesome right midfield position.

"I'm interested," said Lawrence. "He's a good player. But any possible deal will probably depend on which division we're in next season."

Robinson, who cost the Addicks 75,000 when they bought him from Brighton, told BBC Sport he would seriously consider a move to Ninian Park.

He said: "They are a big club. They are waiting for something to happen.

"Hopefully they can do it in the play-offs and get up because I think (chairman) Sam Hammam can see it as a very big opportunity for him to do what he did at Wimbledon but bigger."

Robinson was Alan Curbishley's first purchase at Charlton and the manager said: "John Robinson has played as much a part in the rise of Charlton in the last 10 years as anybody and I'm sure he will be remembered in the same esteem as Mark Kinsella.

"John has been a fantastic servant and will always be welcome back at The Valley.

"He deserves to leave on a free transfer to make it easier for him to select his next club."

John Robinson
"Of course I would be interested in joining Cardiff"


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