York City have today completed the signing of former Crusaders defender Joshua Robinson.

Robinson began his career with Northern Irish outfit Linfield before making the switch to Scottish giants Rangers aged 17 in 2011.Joshua Robinson  Jackie McNamara - Photo taken by Mark Comer

After just one season at Ibrox, in which Robinson figured for the club’s youth sides and netted a hat-trick for the Under-19s team when deployed as a striker, the 6ft 3in defender moved back to his homeland in August 2012 as he signed for top-flight club Crusaders.

During his four seasons with the Belfast club, Robinson figured on numerous occasions in both the Champions League and Europa League as well as playing a key part in the side which were crowed champions of the Northern Irish Premiership for the second consecutive season earlier this year.

In total, the former Northern Ireland youth international made 124 appearances for Crusaders, scoring nine goals.

And the Minstermen added another player to their squad with the addition of former Braintree Town defender Matt Fry.

The 25-year-old put pen-to-paper on a two-year deal at Bootham Crescent.

Fry began his youth career with Gravesend & Northfleet before moving to Premier League side West Ham United at the age of 11 and signing professional terms in June 2009.

Matt Fry  Jackie McNamaraDuring his time at Upton Park, the 6ft 1in centre half enjoyed two loan spells in the EFL as he made his senior debut in October 2009 for Gillingham, which the first of 13 appearances for the Kent club, before the following season appearing 32 times for Charlton Athletic at the same level.

His first team experience teed up a move to Bradford City following his release from the Hammers in early 2012, however after a short stint with the Bantams, he switched to Isthmian League side Concord Rangers and helped the club win promotion to the National League South via the end of season play-offs.

A 16-game stint with former National League outfit Dartford then followed in 2013 before Fry took in short spells with Eastleigh and old side Concord Rangers during the 2014/15 campaign.

In the summer of 2015, the defender penned a one-year contract with part time outfit Braintree Town and helped the Essex club to the National League play-offs courtesy of 22 clean sheets, only to fall short to eventual winners Grimsby Town in the semi-finals.

Source: York City
Images: Mark Comer


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