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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 December, 2004, 07:54 GMT
Robinson seeking new challenges
John Robinson (left)
Newly retired ex-Wales, Brighton, Charlton, Cardiff and Gillingham midfielder John Robinson will seek a future beyond professional football.

"I needed to step back to see the next part of my life," said Robinson, 33.

"I love the game, but don't think I'll go to another professional club. I have always wanted to play in the USA.

"I've just set up a property company with (Cardiff keeper) Martyn Margetson and we're going to build houses, and I also have a soccer school."

Robinson moved from Cardiff to Gillingham for family reasons in October on a three-month contract that was due to expire on 15 January.

John Robinson
I can honestly say I have no regrets about my football career
John Robinson
"I knew that I wasn't 100% committed to the cause, so I didn't want to sit back for six weeks and collect my money, it would have been unfair to the club," he told BBC Sport Wales.

"It wasn't a snap decision, I thought about it and spoke to people I respect in the game like (Cardiff manager) Lennie Lawrence."

Robinson was hard-pressed to name a highlight of his playing career.

"There were so many," he said. "My professional debut, all my time at Charlton, getting to the Premiership with them, playing alongside so many great players with Wales...

"I just hope that I've walked away at the right time and that people will respect what I've done.

"All the clubs I've been at have told me that I'm always welcome to come back.

"I can honestly say I have no regrets about my football career."






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