Grimsby Town manager Ian Holloway is set to bolster his attacking options even further, with a move for a Jamaican international.
According to our sources in Essex, the Mariners are leading the race for Southend United striker Theo Robinson.
Robinson left Roots Hall in June but his season was extended due to his loan spell with Colchester United, which ended with a League Two play-off semi-final defeat to Exeter City.
The 31-year-old had joined the U’s on loan in August 2019, netting 11 goals in 28 league games before the season was suspended due to COVID-19 in March.
It’s understood that Town boss Holloway is keen on adding some more experience up front, following a trio of signings from non-league in the shape of Alhagi Touray Sisay, Montel Gibson and Ira Jackson Jr.
Well-travelled Robinson would bring a host of experience to Blundell Park. The Jamaican striker began his career with Stoke City, before making his breakthrough with Watford.
Performances on loan at Hereford United and Southend United between 2007 and 2009 paved the way for a move to Huddersfield Town. Theo scored 16 league goals in 45 appearances for the Terriers, before a short loan spell at Millwall, which was turned permanent in 2011.
His time at the New Den was short-lived, with the striker moving onto Derby County, initially on loan just a few months later. Theo netted 20 league goals in 80 games for the Rams, as well as having a short loan spell back at Huddersfield.
After leaving Pride Park, the former Hornet joined Doncaster Rovers, where he netted nine times in 63 league games, before a loan spell at Scunthorpe United in 2015, which yielded three goals in eight league games.
Theo moved North of the Border with Motherwell for the 2015/16 season, before a short stint with Port Vale. It was with Lincoln City in 2016/17 that he once again came to national prominence – scoring five times for the Red Imps in their FA Cup run during the campaign.
That form convinced then-Southend boss Phil Brown to bring the player back to Roots Hall for an undisclosed fee. The former Hull City manager admitting he had ‘made a mistake’ not signing a player who had been on trial with the Shrimpers the previous summer.
In January 2019, Theo joined Swindon Town for a fruitful spell of seven goals in 16 league games with Robins’ manager Richie Wellens keen to bring the player in on a permanent basis.
But the Birmingham-born forward opted to move to Colchester on loan, scoring the 100th Football League goal of his career against the Mariners in February this year.
Town face competition for the 31-year-old’s signature though. Former club Colchester are understood to be keen on bringing the player back to the Colchester Community Stadium. Stevenage are also in the running for Robinson’s signature – the club looking to capitalise on the news that they will start in League Two next season.
Robinson won the first of seven caps for Jamaica in 2013, against Mexico.