Paul Robinson admits that Burnley have rekindled his love for the game.
The 36-year-old, who signed a new one-year deal this summer, is set to make his first senior start for the Clarets on Friday as they kick-start a series of friendly matches against FC Stade Nyonnais.
Goalkeeping coach Billy Mercer believes Robinson, who has almost 500 career appearances to his name for club and country, is now the lightest and fittest he has been in his illustrious career.
And former England international Robinson intends to make sure that Burnley, and goalkeeping rival Tom Heaton, both benefit from his experience.
He told Clarets Player HD: “I wasn’t happy with the way my career finished. It was someone else’s decision, for finances or whatever, and I didn’t want my career to end like that.
“When the manager gave me an opportunity to start again I wanted to come back and do it properly.
“I didn’t want to be an old ex-pro for the sake of it, so I made the conscious effort to get myself fit and it’s now something I love doing again.
“I’ve not had the love of the game I have now for a good few years and as long as that lasts, I’ll keep going.”
After sealing a new deal at Turf Moor, following his six-month stint in the second half of the Championship title-winning season, Robinson added: “I am delighted to be back.
“It came out of the blue a little when I originally joined but I have really enjoyed my time here.
“I had four of five months and it was a great time to be a part of the club. It’s been an upward curve and we secured promotion without losing a game while I’ve been here, so I take full credit for that!
“But seriously, I was more than happy to sign when the manager offered me another year.
“I’ve been challenging Tom since I came here, and at the same time helping him.
“He’s a great lad and a really talented goalkeeper and at my age, with the experience and the games I’ve played, I think there’s a lot I can offer him as well.”
Robinson seems certain to start Friday’s game in France, before the Clarets return home to face Morecambe, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers in their preparations for life back in the top flight.
He added: “This is my 21st pre-season, but I am enjoying it very much.
“It’s a great setting, the organisation and facilities are fantastic, and it’s just a great place to put the foundations in for the start of the season.
“Hopefully I’ll get a game on Friday and then, with Tom having been given a bit of extra time for the Euros, I’ll maybe get the next few games as well, before he comes in and gets his games towards the end of pre-season and we’ll be into the season before we know it!”
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