THEO ROBINSON has charted a course to the Motherwell first team following a long road to Lanarkshire.

The striker was released by Doncaster Rovers at the end of last season and spent the majority of the summer working in the gym and training with several clubs to get himself ready for his latest challenge.

It is a task at Fir Park that he has shown signs of grasping with both hands. Following a debut substitute appearance against Kilmarnock two weeks ago, the Jamaican internationalist was thrown on at half-time during the weekend’s 1-1 draw with Ross County.

While he wasn’t involved in Motherwell’s last-minute leveler, he offered a different option in a forward line that struggled to fire fully without him.

Now he has shown what he can do from the bench, Robinson is hoping he has given manager Ian Baraclough a selection headache ahead of next weekend’s derby with Hamilton Accies at New Douglas Park.

He said: “I linked up well with Louis, that was the first time that I’ve played with him so hopefully I’ll be knocking on the door.

“We did try to link up a couple of times, one of them I played a bit wide but there’s good signs.

“I don’t mind really [who he plays with], it’s up to the manager to choose what he wants and we’ll just try to play the best we can.

“I’m just going to bide my time, keep training and look to get picked. The more training I do and the more match fitness I get, the better it will be for me to show what I can do.”

Robinson added: “It’s up to the manager to choose the team and so I’ll just keep on trying to do my best and get involved.”

The 26-year-old former Derby County forward admits that despite the unusual pre-season preparations, he has enjoyed his two cameos in the Ladbrokes Premiership so far.

Motherwell have taken four points from those matches and now go into next weekend’s Lanarkshire derby on an unbeaten three-game streak.

“I knew about it just before the end of the window that there was interest for me to come up here and so I’m just going to try my best,” said Robinson of the build up to his move north.

“It’s been good. The first game [against Kilmarnock] was quite open but we got the win and then the draw on Saturday, the goal that we conceded was a bit sloppy but we did well and showed some character to come back.

“We’ve looked good I thought so we just need to get a good win on the board.”

Meanwhile, Motherwell boss Baraclough chose to accentuate the positive in what was at times an ugly game of football with the Staggies.

He said: “I felt the goal was coming, we were always trying to press.

“We had patience. We didn’t give in, we tried different ways of going and went to a back three. The boys stuck at it.

“There was frustration all over that we hadn’t produced what we could have done. It could have been easy to pack in but that’s not what that dressing room is about. There’s character in there, people who want to win. We kept going and got our rewards from it.”