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Posted: Fri 27 Jan 2017
Author: Patrick Tinkler
Image by: Pinnacle

'keeper moves on in search of playing time

Goalkeeper Jamie Robba has left the Club by mutual consent.

Robba joined the Club in July 2016 after a short trial but due to the form of United number 1 Brendan Moore, was kept out of the side and did not make a senior appearance for the Club.

Initially, getting Robba a loan move back home was investigated, but Fifa rules dictate that there cannot be a 24 hour recall included in any such move.

Robba looks set to return to Gibraltar in search of 1st team football.

Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson has nothing but praise for the Gibraltar International.

“We are all sad to see Jamie go,” said Nicholson.

“He is a fantastic guy; he has a great attitude, and is the kind of person you want around the place.”

“He has been an excellent no.2 goalkeeper but he has found himself in competition with one of the best goalkeeper’s in our division which has meant that he hasn’t had any game time. Because of this his International place has become under threat and he needs to be playing regularly to force his way back in. I would never stand in someone’s way with such a unique opportunity and he deserves every chance he gets.

“We both agreed that this doesn’t close the door on a future here and we will keep in touch, monitor his progress, and have a chat at the end of the season.

“For now I’d like to say a massive thank you to Jamie and I really hope things work out as he’s hoping. He will be missed.”

Nicholson is looking at potential replacements for Robba.

“We have irons in the fire,” said Nicholson.

“There is no point in getting someone in just to sit on the bench. We have people that can come in and help with training and so maybe we go without a goalkeeper on the bench for a few weeks until the right thing come up. We’ll bide our time and keep our options open.”