JAKE ROBINSON: 'Hopefully, my last game of the season will be at Old Trafford on May 28 in a yellow shirt' PINNACLE
ON-LOAN forward Jake Robinson insists that he's committed to beating his own club Shrewsbury Town and going all the way to the League Two Play-Off Final at Old Trafford with Torquay United.
There's a chance that Robinson – there's no clause stopping him playing against the Shrews in the Play-Offs – could make a bizarre bit of football history.
He could play for Torquay in the two-legged Semi-Final and then, if the Gulls lose, return to Shrewsbury and be in contention to play in the Final for them.
"People have talked about that possibility, but that's not what I want," said Robinson.
"Hopefully, my last game of the season will be at Old Trafford on May 28 in a yellow shirt."
Even the most inventive author would have had trouble dreaming up the saga following Robinson's loan move to Plainmoor on the last day of the January Transfer Window.
First, Robinson was not registered in time for him to play in the 3-1 home defeat by Hereford the next day, and United were docked a point for their mistake.
Second, Shrewsbury did not insert a clause preventing Robinson from playing against them.
Third, Shrews defender Jermaine Grandison was sent off for a foul on Robinson, who scored TWICE against the Shrews in United's 5-0 victory at Plainmoor in March.
Fourth, a tense, see-saw last day of the league season ended with Torquay and Shrewsbury paired against each other in the Play-Offs.
The first leg is at Plainmoor on Saturday (5.45pm).
"One or two people have joked with me about this, but I never actually thought it would happen," said Robinson.
He scored nine goals for Shrewsbury before his move and has hit another seven for United since.
"I expected Shrewsbury to get automatic promotion, to be honest," he added.
"And before the weekend I thought we would finish sixth.
"But maybe it could have been fated the way things have worked out.
"Obviously, I've got a lot of friends at Shrewsbury, and I've talked to them from time to time.
"But I've only been back there once since I've come to Torquay.
"I had a bit of banter after the game here, but I haven't spoken to any of the staff there since then.
"I've just put that stuff to one side and concentrated fully on Torquay."
Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner said of the 5-0 loss at Plainmoor: "What we did, we did to ourselves.
"That (Robinson's involvement) is not a concern.
"I believe he can play – we'll have to check the agreement, but I understand he's signed to the end of the month."
Robinson, 24, isn't the only man in the Plainmoor camp who believes that Saturday's 3-1 defeat at Rotherham might actually help the Gulls.
"We've been on a really good run, and it might turn out to be a bit of a reality check, a kick up the backside, if you like," he said.
"We've done fantastically well, but we were punished for mistakes.
"But it's given us things to work on before the semi-finals."
Shrewsbury have been sent a 1,100-ticket allocation for Saturday's match.
Plainmoor office staff had a busy day yesterday, especially as both 2011-2012 season tickets went on sale, as well as tickets for Saturday's Play-Off First Leg.
The match is not all-ticket for Torquay fans.
Tickets go on sale to the general public tomorrow, with United urging supporters to buy in advance to ease any congestion before kick-off.
There will be separate ticket and cash turnstiles in operation.
Elsewhere in League Two, Morecambe and manager Sammy McIlroy have parted company after six years.
The Shrimps finished 20th this season.
But during his time with the club McIlroy and his assistant Mark Lillis, who has also left, led them into the Football League, reached last season's Play-Offs and saw in the move from their old Christie Park ground to the new Globe Arena.