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14 December 2012

Boro Player spoke with Robin Shroot today, after the news that he has penned a new two-year deal with the club broke yesterday. 

After some uncertainty in recent weeks Robin has signed a contract which pledges his future to the club and he told Boro Player that he was delighted with the chance.

“It’s a place that I love coming to every day, I love improving under the manager and I think that I’m very privileged to have this opportunity.”

When asked what about Stevenage FC made him want to stay, Shroot paid tribute to boss Gary Smith. He told us “I think the plans that the manager has going forward and the way that he likes playing football – I love coming into work and I feel that I can keep improving greatly under the manager. As a professional that is all you want, to improve and give it your all.”

Not brushing over the fact that the negotiations took a little longer than usual, Shroot commented “Sometimes things just take a little bit longer than others, it’s not a big deal, there are wars going on in Syria this is just part and parcel of football.”

Next up for Shroot and Boro is Crawley at the Lamex Stadium and the midfielder, who has netted six goals so far this year, has high expectations for 2013, saying his aim is “to score 30 goals and hopefully get into the Championship. We want to achieve that as a squad.”

“My aim is to keep on enjoying every day and giving it everything. Fingers crossed we can all kick on up the league and take us into the Championship and give the fans another reason to keep on following us. They’re such a great bunch of supporters, of course there are other clubs in the division with many more fans but the quality of the support we get is unparalleled. 

Speaking about Crawley he said “I know that they’ve had a good run in the last couple of years, two successive promotions, and of course it’s going to provide another challenge for us because they’re up and around the mix.

“In this division it is so tight, a couple of wins and you could be up there but a couple of losses and you could be eighth or ninth. It’s about building momentum like we did at the start of the season, it’s up to us.”

Shroot, 24, added that he wanted to send a message to the supporters, saying “Thank you for coming every week and supporting us, the lads appreciate everything. We know that the fans can provide an extra boost for the players and hopefully we get another three points on Saturday and get into the Christmas spirit.”

This Saturday’s game is the first at the Lamex Stadium since the sad news that Mitchell Cole had passed away, and Shroot echoed the sentiments of Lucas Akins by saying that although he wasn’t here during Mitch’s time, it is clear to see what a character he was here. 

“I met Mitch a couple of times, what a nice person. It just goes to show that things like that far outweigh the importance of football, we all love playing and love supporting and watching football but ultimately, when something like that happens, it puts everything into perspective and it’s an inspiration I suppose because you want to get a victory that reflects the sort of person Mitch was.”

He concluded “It’d be fitting if we could achieve promotion for Mitch.”

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