Hulbert gutted he didn’t get final chance to play in front of Barrow fans
Last updated at 16:15, Wednesday, 16 May 2012
FORMER fans’ favourite Robin Hulbert says he is gutted at missing out on the chance to play in front of the Barrow AFC supporters one last time.
The tough-tackling 32-year-old midfield warrior (pictured, right) was released by the Bluebirds last week, having made just eight appearances in a final season wrecked by a serious knee injury suffered nine months ago.
Liverpool-based Hulbert, who played 79 times for Barrow in his three years at the club and was part of the 2009/10 FA Trophy-winning team, said: “I was expecting to be released. The writing was on the wall at Christmas time, to be honest.
“Although I was expecting it, I was gutted too, because I had a great time at Barrow.
“The fans were brilliant with me and I’m gutted I didn’t get to play in front of them a final time to say a proper farewell.
“I had a really good rapport with the supporters. I’m just disappointed they didn’t see the best of me in the final season.
“Barrow and their fans have given me many happy memories that will stick with me forever.
“I just wish I could have played in front of them again and not finished my time at the club with an injury.”
The former Port Vale and Bristol City midfielder is continuing his recover from injury and has recently begun playing some five-a-side football.
Hulbert also runs a Stoke-based company called Sporting Stars, which offers flexible learning to young people who experience difficulties within the mainstream education system.
He said: “I probably won’t get to play in the Conference Premier again. I feel I have the ability still to do so, but life changes as you get older and other commitments take priority.
“I’ve always been a professional, full-time footballer but it looks like that will change now.
“I’m on the lookout for a new club and am aiming to be fit for the start of the next season.
“It will be a new challenge wherever I go.
“I’m still hungry to play and I’d like to think that someone at whatever level will get a good footballer in me.
“No matter what, I’ll always remain a winner – I think I have a fear of losing!
“It’s the same with injuries, I will not be beaten.”
First published at 13:31, Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Never say never Rob. As soon as you are fully recovered and you prove your fitness. A good reliable pro like yourself will not sit on the shelf to long, maybe even Barrow will come a calling. Good luck in your recovery and thanks for the memories so far!!