Warriors playmaker Jeff Robson has been granted a release from his contract with the NRL club on compassionate grounds.
The former Manly, Parramatta and Cronulla veteran had been contracted to the New Zealand-based outfit until the end of the season, but has been granted an immediate release.
The 33-year had been signed by the Warriors to provide some stability and direction at the scrumbase, but he hasn’t played in the top grade since round seven.
Robson has been living in Auckland, with his wife and special-needs daughter remaining in Sydney.
“It has been difficult for Jeff on a personal level being separated from his family and we certainly support him in his desire to be back with them,” Warriors recruitment manager Tony Iro said.
Robson’s 166-game NRL career is likely over.
“I’ve really enjoyed coming over to New Zealand to be a part of this club. It’s a great set-up and I’ve appreciated the opportunities I’ve had,” Robson said.
“I would have liked to see my contract through but, in the end, my family is far more important.
“I haven’t seen a lot of them and I’m extremely grateful (coach) Cappy (Tony McFadden), Tony, (CEO) Jim (Doyle) and everyone else has been so understanding.”