Woking have announced the signing of midfielder Matt Robinson from Dagenham & Redbridge on a two-year deal, according to the club’s official website.
Robinson, who appeared in 42 National League matches last season will be joining the Cards after yet another stellar season. Last season was potentially his finest for Dagenham & Redbridge, as he captained the club to 10th place in the National League. Having spent the last seven seasons with the Daggers, the 29-year-old is moving on to pastures new, and Woking have a serious talent on their hands.
Heralded by some as one of the best midfielders in the National League over the last few seasons, Robinson will be joining a club who have come on leaps and bounds in recent years.
The Surrey side enjoyed their best season in their 136-year history, finishing fourth in the National League and reaching the play-offs for the first time. Despite losing to Bromley 2-1 in the play-off eliminator, Woking surpassed all expectations and will hope to push on in the forthcoming season. The addition of the experienced Robinson will no doubt help their promotion push.
Who is Matt Robinson?
Robinson began his career within the Leicester City youth ranks but would go on to move to Luton Town as an 18-year-old, where he would help the Hatters gain promotion to League Two. The midfielder would make 52 appearances for Luton, nine of those coming in the fourth tier. Loan spells to Kidderminster, Grimsby and finally Woking, who he made 26 appearances for, allowed the Englishman to gain experience in the lower leagues. He would eventually leave Luton to join Dagenham & Redbridge in 2016, where he amassed 250 appearances in a seven-year stay. Arguably one of the strongest midfielders in the National League, Robinson is extremely versatile, with experience of playing as a central, attacking and holding midfielder, it will be interesting to see how he is utilised at Woking.
What’s been said?
Speaking upon the arrival of the midfielder, manager Darren Sarll said:
“Matt has shown many times over the past three seasons the qualities and attributes reflective of our style of play.
“He’s a very efficient, forward-thinking midfield player who at his best can provide real assistance in the goalscoring charts, with good timing of his runs in and around the box.
“Matt is a player who’s already had leadership responsibilities, being a captain at his former club. This is a big signing for us.”
This is a signing which I did not see happening. Robinson would’ve been more than capable of playing in League Two, and Woking have now got an absolute gem on their hands. Although one of the smaller clubs in an ultra-competitive National League, they’ll want to once again be challenging in the top half. The signing of Robinson only boosts those chances and he’s a top-quality player. I very much expect Woking to be in and around the play-offs which would yet again be a spectacular feat, the experience of last season will no doubt help them on their course next season as well.