ROBBO'S REGRET; I just wished we could have delivered Premier return, says midfielder.
FRUSTRATED Barry Robson will leave Teesside clutching two player of the year gongs but having missed out on the big prize he came for - the Premier League.
The tenacious midfielder, who joins Canada-based MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps next month, admits the biggest regret of his stint at the Riverside is failing to reach the top flight with Boro. After all, that is what he came for.
Box-to-box battler Robson signed for Boro in January 2010 for pounds 1.5m as part of former manager Gordon Strachan's ill-fated, big-spending project of mainly Scottish recruitment intended to take the club back into the big time.
"I obviously came down here to play in the Premier League and it's never quite happened," said Robson.
"It's frustrating for me when I think about it. To come from a great club like Celtic playing at the highest level up there in Scotland the idea was to come down here with Gordon and win promotion and play at the highest level in England too but it never really worked out like that."
And Robson, who played his final game in Boro's 2-1 final-day defeat at Watford, confessed he was left frustrated by a missed opportunity to secure promotion this term.
"The first half of the season we were pushing on to try to go up automatically, but in the end we just fell short," he said.
"It would have been nice to go out on that high note but it wasn't to be.
"Our home form let us down overall and we made a lot of mistakes over the course of the season and in that sense we are frustrated that we have fallen short a wee bit.
"I think we had the squad there to go up this season, definitely. I have not seen anything out there in this league that has been miles better than us.
"But injuries and suspensions have taken their toll this season. That's the frustrating part. I know people say we have not scored enough goals. We know we haven't. But I don't think I have been in a team that Turn to Page 39
MOVING ON: Boro's Barry Robson