Chairman Phil Wallace said today, ”The Manager can see no benefit in allowing Robin to go on loan and lose the opportunity of his services, should he need them. He’s contracted to Stevenage and we do not want that to change.
"Gary Smith has not selected Robin over the past week on footballing grounds and this is an unwelcome reaction from Robin. We would have preferred him to focus and concentrate on working hard to try to get back into the squad, like everyone else that’s not playing, instead of asking for a move. We have been in conversations with Robin for several weeks about a new deal as his contract ends in 6 months or so, but those talks have gone round and round in circles and Robin has said he’s not sure he wants to commit himself to Stevenage past this present season."
Wallace continued "That’s a shame because the fans like him and although he’s not yet established himself in the Football League, this could have been a big season for him if he continued to improve under Gary. The door is still very much open to him if he wants to be part of what we’re doing, but he has some very talented lads in front of him, all committed to the club long term, that can play in the only position Gary believes he can be effective. We make no secret that, as a club, we will always prefer players that are committed to our future over those that are not and we believe that to be right and proper at the level we play at. By his actions Robin has taken himself out of the Managers plans for the moment, but we are all hopeful that can be resolved and he can play a part in helping us achieve success ”