Dunfermline: Scott Robinson joins as amateur to restart career

Scott Robinson in action for Kilmarnock
Scott Robinson's contract with Kilmarnock was cut short "by mutual consent"

Former Hearts and Kilmarnock midfielder Scott Robinson is hoping to rekindle his career after signing for Dunfermline Athletic as an amateur.

The 24-year-old had been released by Kilmarnock despite having signed a three-year contract in 2015.

"It gets me out there where people can see that I am fit enough to play, but my main objective is to do well and stay here," he told the Pars' website.

"If a contract is here to sign, I will be more than happy to sign it."

Robinson came through the youth ranks to become a first-team regular at Hearts but was released after their promotion to the Scottish Premiership last summer.

He was recruited by former Hearts manager Gary Locke at their top-flight rivals last summer but made only six starts and seven substitute appearances for Kilmarnock and played his last game as a late substitute against Motherwell in February.

"I left Kilmarnock through mutual consent - both parties were happy," said the former Scotland youth international.

Dunfermline striker PJ Crossan
Striker PJ Crossan was linked with other clubs in a newspaper

"The manager that signed me unfortunately got the sack, which is really unfortunate for him, and it turned out that I wasn't wanted there either."

Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston had been impressed with Robertson's display in a development league win over Hamilton Academical.

"It just gives us a chance to look at him," he said. "He has played in the Premier League and at 24 he is still at a really good age as well."

A newspaper report had lined 17-year-old Dunfermline striker PJ Crossan with Celtic, Brighton and Nottingham Forest.

"Obviously agents put stuff in the press sometimes," said Johnston of the teenager who has only made two first-team appearances so ar.

"PJ is somebody that we want to keep. He is a good young player.

"He is still young and has still got a lot to learn, but we feel that this is the right place for him.

"You can see how much we like him and that is why he has been involved."

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