Defender Jamie Robson has this evening left the Imps and completed a permanent move to Forest Green Rovers.
Since moving to Lincolnshire from Dundee United last summer, the 25-year-old has made 47 appearances for the Imps but has struggled to nail down a first-team place. He didn’t settle well in his first season and spent much of his time under Michael Appleton on the bench. This season he has played more, but with the arrival of Harry Boyes and the switch to wing-backs, his chances look limited.
We did pay a fee for him, and the same goes for his departure – Forest Green are paying an undisclosed fee, with the Imps retaining a future interest in the player. A short statement from the club confirmed the deal, concluding, “everyone at the Imps would like to thank Jamie for his contribution this season and wish him well in his career.”
Personally, I find this a bit of a blow – I liked Jamie and his numbers in certain areas stacked up, but in recent weeks he seems to have drifted once again. He never managed to play well for consistent spells, and despite having the capability to play in an attacking role, he was still kept out of the team by 19-year-old Sean Roughan. After struggling to adjust to League One football last season and being kept out of the side by Roughan this, it isn’t a surprise to see him leave.
When he signed for the club, it was reported by the national press it would be around £250,000, but that was a long way from the truth. Despite me once claiming (and believing) he was our record signing, he wasn’t, and it’s unlikely the club will have lost money on the deal. What we will have saved on is wages – Jamie would have been one of the better-paid players, having come from Dundee United and us having paid a fee, and hopefully, that gives us some room to move in this window.