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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 10:44 GMT 11:44 UK
Robinson makes Cardiff move
John Robinson
John Robinson is Cardiff City's first summer signing
Former Wales and Charlton midfielder John Robinson has signed for Cardiff City.

Robinson was due to sign for the Bluebirds on Wednesday, but the deal was delayed by after a last minute delay with his medical tests.

But the 31-year-old was given the all clear on Wednesday night and finally put pen to paper on a two year deal the following morning.

Robinson was given a free transfer by Charlton after 10 seasons with the club. He still had a year left on his contract, but only featured in 13 Premiership games last season.

And after tasting life in England's most prestigious league, Robinson is keen for a return with his new club.

"I wouldn't have come here if I thought Cardiff didn't have a chance," he told BBC Sport.

"This club has got vision and the package was right for me to join.

"The team has got a lot of character and that's important. You need people to come forward and dig out results if you're not playing well."

Robinson, who has won 30 caps for Wales, retired from international football last summer for personal reasons.

He will be playing alongside Wales squad regulars Robert Earnshaw, Danny Gabbidon and Rhys Weston at Cardiff next season.

I've spoken about the possibility of signing Matthias Svensson on loan, but it's no more than that at this stage
Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence
Robinson realises people will link him with a return to the Wales set-up, but he insists he will resist the temptation to rekindle his international career.

"I've got no regrets about retiring from Wales," Robinson added. "I didn't take the decision lightly, and nothing has changed."

Cardiff manager Lennie Lawrence also confirmed he was interested in signing Swedish international striker Matthias Svensson on a loan deal from Charlton.

Said Lawrence: "We haven't got a massive amount of cover in that position.

"I've spoken about the possibility of signing Svensson on loan, but it's no more than that at this stage because we're dealing with Premiership salaries."

One player who will definitely not be coming to Cardiff is Oldham defender Fitz Hall.

The two clubs had agreed on a transfer fee, but Lawrence said there is not "the slightest indication he wants to come to Cardiff".

Lawrence also dismissed reports linking them with former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater.





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