Sharks’ half Robson another year in NRL

Cronulla halfback Jeff Robson has declared his intention to play on for one more NRL season, but it likely won’t be at the Shire.

After four seasons in Sharks’ colours, Sunday’s elimination final against South Sydney might be Robson’s final match in the blue, black and white as he weighs up his playing future beyond this year.

With playmaking duo James Maloney and Chad Townsend arriving over the summer, the off-contract Robson is likely to be forced elsewhere.

Asked about his contract status, the 33-year-old Robson said on Wednesday: “I’m still unsure at the moment. I’m definitely going to be playing next year.

“Don’t know where it’ll be, maybe at Leighton Greenies again.

“I’m trying to sort that out at the moment, so hoping to get that sorted sooner rather than later.”

The former Parramatta No.7, who played in the Eels’ 2009 grand-final defeat, said his first priority was to remain with Cronulla however wasn’t confident of landing a new deal.

“I love the club. I’ve settled into the area pretty well. If I can get it sorted here, it’d be great,” he said.

“If not, hopefully I have another couple of options up my sleeve.”

Robson has been a constant for coach Shane Flanagan since moving to the Sharks in 2012, playing 90 out of a possible 99 games across four seasons in the Shire – including all 24 matches so far this year.

Teammates Gerard Beale and Wade Graham are the only other players to have appeared in every game this season.

Robson will again be relied on to steer his team around against a Rabbitohs side missing key men George Burgess, John Sutton and Issac Luke.

But he warned his teammates to be wary of the wounded dog.

“Usually, when someone’s kicking on the ground, they’re always there to fight back, and Souths are definitely that,” he said.

“We’re pretty wary of their big forward pack and how they’re going to come out on Sunday.

“We’ve just got to look after what we need to do here at Cronulla and hopefully win on Sunday.”

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