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Robinson "gutted" at Hungerford departures

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Danny Robinson has been making the most of the summer sunshine, but there’s no suggestion he’s feeling the heat despite Luke Cairney’s departure from the club.

Hungerford Town announced the goalkeeper would be leaving on Sunday after two successful seasons with the Crusaders.

Robinson admitted it was a “total shock” to lose Cairney, but his work and family commitments meant a move made sense for both parties.

Hungerford Town manager Danny Robinson
Hungerford Town manager Danny Robinson

Robinson said: “We’re totally gutted to lose him. He’s a terrific goalkeeper and most importantly a wonderful young man.”

Veteran centre-half Keith Emmerson is also leaving the Crusaders.

The 39-year-old defender signed a deal with Southern Premier League South side Dorchester Town.

Robinson said: “Of course I was disappointed, but it was one we were kind of expecting.

“He’s been outstanding for us – the best thing I can say about him is that he’s made me better as a manager.”

Robinson is keen to focus on next season, but accepts the Crusaders face a battle to keep hold of both Ryan Seager and Sol Wanjau-Smith.

“We’ll have to fight long and hard to keep them,” Robinson said. “I’d have thought there will be lots of teams sniffing around.”

In the meantime, Robinson is working hard to bring players in – he said there could be as many as 12 new arrivals at Bulpit Lane this summer.

He said: “We’re doing quite well recruitment wise.

“We’re keeping our business quiet for now and then in the next week or so people will start to hear some news. I’m absolutely delighted with the business we’ve done so far.”

Robinson’s also preparing for “the hardest pre-season we’ve ever designed”.

Hungerford will travel to League 2 side Newport County, host League 1’s Oxford United and face Eastleigh, Maidenhead and Gloucester City.

There’s a reason Robinson is working so hard. He said: “This year’s going to be twice as difficult as last season.”

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