You may think of the name Robinson when thinking of Motherwell – due to manager Stephen - but you are probably unlikely to have heard about his son Harry, who recently made his SPFL debut for the Lanarkshire outfit. Euan Wood reports.
Harry was born in September 2000 in Preston, but grew up in Northern Ireland and was born into a footballing family. His father had previously being on the books of Premier League giants Tottenham and (then lower-league) Bournemouth as a player, and has since gone on to manage at Oldham as well as the Steelmen.
Therefore, it is no surprise that Harry has aspired to follow in his dad’s footsteps.
Harry is versatile midfielder, who can play on either wing, and can take the ball under pressure and can help link up the play. His passing ability is a key part of his game and he can press the full backs and setting up players in the box.
His professional career began at 16-years-old when he signed for Oldham and he made his debut at 18. However, his playing time was somewhat limited with the turbulent circumstances at the club. Having several manager changes in such a short space of time, Harry couldn’t find a consistent place in the first team squad.
Internationally, he has made several appearances in the Northern Ireland youth setup and has scored four times across the under-16, under-19 and under-21 teams. He has yet to make a first team international appearance, but the winger is certainly one for the future.
Speaking to Motherwell media Harry said: “I moved over when I was 16, made my debut just as I turned 18 but then I had about eight different managers, so it was hard. You get in with one manager then he would be gone.”
To gain some valuable game time Harry took a loan spell back to Belfast to play with Crusaders for three months. After playing ten times for the Northern Irish side, Harry returned to Oldham before being released from his contract.
Following his departure from Oldham, Harry signed for Motherwell on deadline day in January after he impressed the club by scoring against Morton while on trial.
Despite the expected scepticism being the managers son, Harry made it clear he joined the club for the coaching and because of the size of the club - not because his dad’s the manager.
“It wasn’t anything to do with my dad that made me come here. It was just the fact that it’s a good club.
“I trained in a mix between the reserves and the first team every day and played all the games for the reserves, so it was good because I hadn’t played in months.”
Since the return of football following the coronavirus pandemic Harry has been training everyday with the first team squad. His addition to the first team has been pushing other wingers for their place in the starting eleven.
Having experienced predominantly youth football in the opening of his career, Harry’s move to Motherwell has shown his ambition to play with the first team in front of crowds.
“I want to be playing every week, whether that’s here or going on loan first to come back to be a first team Motherwell player.
“I just want to play in front of crowds. I want to establish myself as a first team player now.”
Harry will have tough competition this season but looks set to be one of the SPFL’s next top
prospects. He will have to compete with fellow wingers Jermaine Hylton, Sherwin Seedorf (a distant relative to the famous Clarence) and the returning Jake Hastie who is on loan back to Motherwell from Rangers.
Despite having a slow start to the 2020/21 campaign, Motherwell still look even stronger than they have in recent seasons. They’ve made nine additions to the squad, including Scotland international and former Kilmarnock right-back Stephen O’Donnell.
After poor performances against Ross County, Dundee United and Livingston, frustrated manager Stephen Robinson made his feelings known.
“I have been patient with players but some of them were told tonight in no uncertain terms we are playing with seven men each week.”
“That won’t keep happening.”
Robinson’s furious response clearly merited a reaction, as the team dominated unbeaten Hibs and were unlucky not to take all three points having a goal disallowed in the first half. If Motherwell can replicate this type of performance on a consistent basis, they look well placed to have another successful season.
(Quotes and image taken from Motherwell FC's website.)