Josh Robinson: Linfield, not Crusaders, confirmed as signing club by IFA

Blues boss David Healy with Josh Robinson at Windsor Park on Friday
Blues boss David Healy with Josh Robinson at Windsor Park on Friday

Linfield have won the signing battle with Crusaders over Josh Robinson after the Irish FA stated on Friday that he has registered as a Blues player.

The IFA said it received contract forms from Linfield at 19:56 BST on Thursday and then Crusaders at 22:56.

Both clubs had claimed to have signed the former York City player.

Crusaders are now seeking legal advice over Robinson, who was paraded as a Linfield player at Windsor Park before the IFA announcement.

"The Irish FA received Standard Professional Contract forms for Josh Robinson from both Linfield FC (7:56pm) and Crusaders FC (10:56pm) yesterday evening," the governing body stated.

"Having considered the documentation received from both clubs, and based upon Irish FA regulations regarding priority of registrations, the Irish FA can confirm that the player is successfully registered with Linfield FC."

However, Crusaders responded with a further lengthy statement on Friday evening accusing Robinson of a "contract breach" after his decision to move to Linfield, adding that they were seeking legal advice.

The Belfast clubs made announcements on Twitter late on Thursday announcing the capture of Robinson, who is 24 and from the city.

Robinson spent one year with York after joining them from Crusaders.

Conflicting claims

Linfield stated the player had agreed a four-year deal, while Crusaders said he had signed a three-year contract which had been recorded with the Irish FA.

It is understood Robinson trained with the Crusaders squad on Tuesday night.

On the official Linfield website, team manager David Healy said: "I'm delighted to be able to advise our supporters that Josh Robinson has agreed to join Linfield.

"Josh is a player I have admired and have been keen to bring to the club to increase the competition levels within our squad."

Linfield's announcement was quickly followed by one from Crusaders claiming Robinson had already signed an agreement to return to Seaview.

The Crues said that on Robinson had signed a pre-contract agreement on 9 June, and that all the necessary documentation had been lodged with the IFA.

"It is great to have Josh back in the fold," said Crusaders treasurer Tommy Whiteside.

Robinson has left York City
There was no doubt Robinson has left York City
But had the defender joined Premiership champions Linfield?
Or returned to Crusaders where he won titles in 2015 and 2016?