Steve Housham surprised he was able to snap up Lincoln City striker Conner Robinson
Gainsborough Trinity boss Steve Housham has admitted he was surprised he was able to snap up Lincoln City teenage striker Conner Robinson on a one-month loan deal.
The 18-year-old forward linked up with the Blues on Thursday night for training as Housham looks to reshape his squad which currently sit bottom of the Skrill North with no points.
Housham has said that his arrival has created a buzz and that he will be starting when Trinity take on AFC Telford at the Northolme tomorrow (3pm).
“Robinson coming in has given the lads a real boost at training,” said Housham. “He looked sharp, he’s got this fearless attitude and the rest of the team have reacted to it.”
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“I think he’s a great player. I watched him a couple of times last season and thought he looked good for Lincoln City.
“I was surprised when he became available, if I’m honest. I remember watching him play against Nuneaton last season and he was the best player on the park.”
While Robinson impressed during his brief appearances for Lincoln last season, this year he has found himself down the pecking order as City boss Gary Simpson boosted his attack with several signings.
Housham believes that the loan deal will give Robinson the chance to show what he is capable of and is even confident he could grace the Football League further down the line.
“I had a little one-to-one chat with Conner when he signed and I told him to not feel down that he’s gone on loan,” said Housham. “This is a chance to play senior football. I don’t think Lincoln City will be his last club. He has the quality in him to play in the Football League.
“People’s careers can take different paths. I played alongside Grant Holt at Barrow and he went all the way to the Premier League and the cusp of an England call up.
“I remember when he arrived that he was this real raw young talent, though, and Conner is at that stage too.”