The arrival and ultimately success of Luke Pomersbach in BBL|02 meant Andrew Robinson was not afforded a game in 2012-13.
One of the reasons the Heat won the title was the strength and depth of the squad, reflected by a player of Robinson's quality being unable to break into the team.
It came after the 'Mr Versatile' was something of a quiet achiever in BBL|01, producing a number of eye-catching displays without much fanfare.
He crashed an impressive 22 off 14 balls in the middle order against the Sydney Sixers on debut, took two important catches and made a brilliant run out against the Melbourne Renegades, and featured in a 100-run opening partnership with Matt Hayden when elevated against the Hurricanes.
A wicketkeeper in his youth, he impressed coach Darren Lehmann with his work behind the stumps in the KFC T20 Challenge and was the 17th man signed by the Heat for BBL|02.
It was a just reward for the affable Robinson, who backed himself to make something of his late-blooming cricket career by taking six months off without pay from his job as a line-marker and sign-installer with the Gold Coast City Council at the start of 2011.
Toughened by a decade of club cricket, he is the all-time leading runs-scorer for the Gold Coast Dolphins with more than 8000 scored, and with 15 centuries, is second only to Andrew Symonds (20) as the scorer of most centuries for the club.
He and wife Saraya still live on the Coast, an hour's drive from Brisbane, with their 18-year-old son Kai.