Sharks hope to hang onto Robson

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has tabled a contract extension for his “favourite player” Jeff Robson despite questions hanging about the veteran halfback’s place in the squad next year.

As Robson prepares to guide the Sharks around the park in the side’s semi-final against North Queensland on Saturday night, his future remains heavily clouded.

Big name recruits James Maloney and Chad Townsend will force the playmaker out of the Sharks’ top 17 next year.

Father time is also catching up with him and he will also be 34 at the conclusion of their 2016 campaign.

The Warriors have also reportedly launched a last-minute bid to bring him across the ditch as a replacement for Townsend.

However Flanagan admits a soft spot for him and has expressed his desire to hang onto the veteran.

“He’s my favourite player of all the squad,” Flanagan said.

“He’s consistent in what he does, he’s typical of our brand, the underdog.

“He’s getting old, he’s got no hair and he’s not that fast but he’s a good defender and a quality player and an important link in our team.”

While hoping to lock in Robson soon, Flanagan said negotiations had been put to the side during their finals campaign.

“We’d like to keep him. We’ve got some new halves coming in next year and we’ve got Jack Bird emerge this year and he’s a quality player,” Flanagan said.

“It’s a tough reality of football, time rolls on, we all get older and we’ve offered Robbo a contract and we’ll deal with that when we finish our football commitments.”

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