Sky Bet League One play-off contenders Southend United have completed the signing of Lincoln City striker Theo Robinson. The 28-year-old striker returns to the club he had a loan spell with eight years ago, this time signing a two-and-a-half year contract.

Robinson signed non-contract forms with the Imps earlier in the season and some established himself as one of the key members of Danny Cowley’s Vanarama National League leaders. He was left out of the squad for the 1-0 victory at Solihull Moors, which led to wide speculation that he was set to leave Sincil Bank.

The offer of a long-term deal and moving up two divisions appears to have been the swinging factor for Robinson. The former Jamaican international front man has had many clubs on his footballing CV, with the majority of them being relatively brief stays. He somewhat got his career back on track with Lincoln this season, earning him a move back into the English Football League.

His exploits in Lincoln City’s remarkable run in the Emirates FA Cup certainly propelled him back into some national headlines. He netted twice in the Second Round victory against Oldham Athletic, as well as another brace in the draw with Sky Bet Championship side Ipswich Town, with the non-league side then successfully winning the replay. His final act in a Lincoln City shirt would be scoring the third and final goal in Saturday’s incredibly 3-1 home success against Brighton & Hove Albion, also in the FA Cup.

He now re-joins Phil Brown’s Southend, who sit just two points outside the Sky Bet League One play-off places. He’ll be hoping to make his second debut for the club this weekend at home to league leaders Scunthorpe United at Roots Hall.

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