Paul Robinson admitted he put family first by snubbing Football League offers in favour of a Havant & Waterlooville switch.

The former Pompey skipper is back on the south coast following his exit from AFC Wimbledon.

The 36-year-old opted to quit League One and join a club closer to his Petersfield home in the form of the National League newcomers. Hawks have pulled off one of the greatest transfer coups in their history by recruiting Robinson.

The central defender made 38 appearances for Pompey before surprisingly shown the door by Paul Cook in August 2015. Now he’s back in the area to assist Lee Bradbury’s ambitious Hawks side.

Robinson said: “Lee Bradbury was the first person to phone me when the season finished. There had been a little bit of interest from others, but you get to my age and the most important thing is location.

“As well as being the right club, I live in the area and Havant seemed to tick all the boxes. Some Football League clubs had also been on the phone, but I need to perhaps put other things first, which meant not uprooting and moving around the country again for maybe not quite so glamorous options.”

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