Player Jeff Robson

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Robson gives us another experienced player; which will be a nice change to the rookie stacked squad of the last few years. If Leuluai is going to be in the halves next year then he has competition; which is what we want for all positions in the squad.

Also if Johnson's recovery gets delayed for any reason we have an experienced option.

Robson is good at getting teams around the park; the last couple of years we have drifted too far off the coaches game plans. Like when we signed Brett Seymour his main goal will be to push the team around the park; add that to our other spine options in RTS, Luke, Johnson and Leuluai we should hopefully be a bit more cohesive moving the side around the park.

Hopefully we see more defensive efforts like we saw on Matulino and less of the kicks like Hoffman charged down.

He's most likely to retire after this season; its a one season signing of an experienced player to fill a gap.
 
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Fazz

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Apr 12, 2012
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Robson has a sound kicking game - I think he would be a great foil for Johnson, I'd go with him to start

That's a total myth bro. He's got a bad habit of being too slow in getting kicks away or just utterly smashing it dead. He's not the worst, but sound is overstating it.

Robson is basically Friend 2.0. An old guy with a great attitude. Okayish on the field, but will hopefully mentor our guys off it.

He's an upgrade on Chode Townsend at least. Sort of.
 

Defence

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May 9, 2012
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Without doubt he's in the top 32 halves in the nrl- possibly top 30 :D

I started paying attention to him a couple of years ago after hindmarsh gave him a massive wrap. Since then I've also heard gallen talking him up so it seems he's the type of player other guys like playing with.
His running game is non existent but he's a great defender and also a really good talker- two areas we're obviously lacking in.
I'll be surprised if he's not starting come round one tbh.
Nothing wrong with TL on the bench- covers 6,7 and 9 and u can even have him and luke on the field at the same time- could work quite well late in the game with the interchanges being reduced. He already plays that role for the kiwis and always looks good doing it.
 

ryno

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May 8, 2012
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That's a total myth bro. He's got a bad habit of being too slow in getting kicks away or just utterly smashing it dead. He's not the worst, but sound is overstating it.

Robson is basically Friend 2.0. An old guy with a great attitude. Okayish on the field, but will hopefully mentor our guys off it.

He's an upgrade on Chode Townsend at least. Sort of.

Hoffman charge down slow
 

eudebrito

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His kicking game would be better than TL's but that's about as far as it goes, and he is a fine tackler when you run straight at him, pretty slow at getting across though.

Its good that they replaced Townsend in the squad, they are filling in the blank spaces in the squad with known commodities, but i think the enthusiasm for this signing will evaporate pretty quick if we actually see the 33/34 year old bloke out there alongside Ayshford and Wright in the backs more than a few times over the year.

Easy to see what they want to do, having too many inexperienced players has bit the warriors in ass since 2011, but these guys aren't even average players, these are guys that literally no other club wants. Why would Robbo come unless we were his only option, its scraping the bottom of the barrel for whats left over on the player market.

It won't do any harm on a one year deal, might do some good, but not expecting much.
 
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Play The Ball

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His kicking game would be better than TL's but that's about as far as it goes, and he is a fine tackler when you run straight at him, pretty slow at getting across though.

Its good that they replaced Townsend in the squad, they are filling in the blank spaces in the squad with known commodities, but i think the enthusiasm for this signing will evaporate pretty quick if we actually see the 33/34 year old bloke out there alongside Ayshford and Wright in the backs more than a few times over the year.

Easy to see what they want to do, having too many inexperienced players has bit the warriors in ass since 2011, but these guys aren't even average players, these are guys that literally no other club wants. Why would Robbo come unless we were his only option, its scraping the bottom of the barrel for whats left over on the player market.

It won't do any harm on a one year deal, might do some good, but not expecting much.
That is what teams do to round out a squad when you have as good a spine as any in the comp (SJ, Luke, RTS). Great signing.
 
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Iafetas Kickstand Wang

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Jun 21, 2012
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Never rated the guy. Slow plodder, average kicking game... good tackler, I'll give him that, but he's just an old hand dud as far as I'm concerned. His signing doesn't mean Leuluai is leaving at all, the club has a hard on for him, you only have to listen to the likes of Doyle and McFadden on how they rate him as a leader. The #6 guernsey is his for sure. Robson will start in reserve grade but gives coverage if Johnson isn't right to go round 1.
 

jsmooove

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May 18, 2012
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i think his impact is going to come of the field. i dont know much about him but its been said in the media about his professionalism (not sure if it was flanno or gallen that said it) if he is a great influence off the field with training ethic and being professional than we will get more than our moneys worth on this
 
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mode81

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Jul 25, 2012
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Definitely covering the bases we're this team has lacked.. Professional players with great attitudes, very astute recruiting.

Ahysford's all good hope he comes right here, got the Kiwi missus, new challenge, fresh outlook so he should be sweet.

Robson's a good foil for SJ .. one half boring as fark but does the basics well and one who razzle dazzles but goes missing..

Robson will help both SJ and Lino in terms of game management and directing the team around the park, smart purchase.
 

#robbiemears

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Sep 1, 2015
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Can't see how anyone can bag on the Robson signing. We've been asking for a half to foil johnson who can just do the basics and is an experienced professional. Robson ticks all those boxes, it's also only for a year so it gives Lolohea one more year to learn his trade from centre which I think is the best thing for him next year and for the team. We are going to be seriously well balanced across the park at this rate! I think any player signing is a bonus from here as I don't see any huge deficiencies in our squad.

This could be an astute signing for the Warriors, but really, only time will tell. Robson is 33 years old and has publicly stated that he ONLY wants one more year in the game. So, regardless of how things turn out in New Zealand, he'll just do this season and then return to Sydney. Which does raise concerns about how vested he'll be in the club. It would be very difficult for any player to truly feel part of an organisation and excited about its prospects when they've just arrived and know they only have the one season there.

People are saying he'll be a mentor for the young Warriors halves, and perhaps through his dedication to training and inherently calm demeanor, he'll point the way for Tui and Mason. However, he doesn't strike me as the confident leader that you'd want in a 'mentor'. In fact, he seems very introverted. One of the reasons he worked so well for the Sharks this year was that he was perfectly content with simply handing the ball off to Gallen and co, rather than take any attacking initiative himself.

Gallen, who - love him or hate him - is one of the smartest football minds in Australia, described Robson as an unsung hero at the Sharks. And it's not hard to see why. The Sharks game was built around toughness, resilience and discipline. But it was the forwards who called the shots. Robson was a solid link the chain, and didn't get in anyone's way.

His stats for the season demonstrate his hardworking, journeyman status: he made the fewest errors (13), the most tackles (415) and passes (951) of any other halfback in the NRL. But conversely, he had only seven try assists (50th among all players). And even worse, he made only one line break in 2015. One!

Do the Warriors really need another Nathan Friend scenario where opposition players can hang off a key position in the knowledge that the person playing it will pose absolutely no threat to their defence?

If Robson were to perform this way as a starting half at the Warriors in 2016, I can see him getting ripped to shreds for being too bland, too predictable, too dull, and so on. We like the boring, reliable players in theory. But in practice, they become easy targets when the team struggles.

Having said all that, I can't imagine that Robson would be coming to Auckland on a one year deal to play NSW Cup. He could have stayed at the Sharks (who wanted him to re-sign) and done the same thing - a much easier final year for so many reasons. Which hints that Doyle and McFadden have alluded to him that a starting spot is a real possibility.

As many have speculated on here, this could be a sign that TL genuinely wants out, and that Doyle's like-for-like release policy is panning out again.

While I admire the tenacious qualities Robson possesses, and agree that his arrival at the Warriors will infuse the squad with another true professional, I can't see how a veteran at the very (very) end of his career, who remarkably didn't properly crack first grade until he was 26, will solve any of the Warriors on-field problems. He'll be a handy back-up at best. But I hope they don't see him as SJ's foil, because all that would do is put all the heat back on Johnson as the only half capable of threatening the line.

If you look at the way the starting sides of the two Grand Finalists are structured, all 4 halves are a threat. The defence is on the back foot on both sides of the ruck. And this has to be the approach the Warriors take in 2016.
 

warrior4life

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May 30, 2014
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This could be an astute signing for the Warriors, but really, only time will tell. Robson is 33 years old and has publicly stated that he ONLY wants one more year in the game. So, regardless of how things turn out in New Zealand, he'll just do this season and then return to Sydney. Which does raise concerns about how vested he'll be in the club. It would be very difficult for any player to truly feel part of an organisation and excited about its prospects when they've just arrived and know they only have the one season there.

People are saying he'll be a mentor for the young Warriors halves, and perhaps through his dedication to training and inherently calm demeanor, he'll point the way for Tui and Mason. However, he doesn't strike me as the confident leader that you'd want in a 'mentor'. In fact, he seems very introverted. One of the reasons he worked so well for the Sharks this year was that he was perfectly content with simply handing the ball off to Gallen and co, rather than take any attacking initiative himself.

Gallen, who - love him or hate him - is one of the smartest football minds in Australia, described Robson as an unsung hero at the Sharks. And it's not hard to see why. The Sharks game was built around toughness, resilience and discipline. But it was the forwards who called the shots. Robson was a solid link the chain, and didn't get in anyone's way.

His stats for the season demonstrate his hardworking, journeyman status: he made the fewest errors (13), the most tackles (415) and passes (951) of any other halfback in the NRL. But conversely, he had only seven try assists (50th among all players). And even worse, he made only one line break in 2015. One!

Do the Warriors really need another Nathan Friend scenario where opposition players can hang off a key position in the knowledge that the person playing it will pose absolutely no threat to their defence?

If Robson were to perform this way as a starting half at the Warriors in 2016, I can see him getting ripped to shreds for being too bland, too predictable, too dull, and so on. We like the boring, reliable players in theory. But in practice, they become easy targets when the team struggles.

Having said all that, I can't imagine that Robson would be coming to Auckland on a one year deal to play NSW Cup. He could have stayed at the Sharks (who wanted him to re-sign) and done the same thing - a much easier final year for so many reasons. Which hints that Doyle and McFadden have alluded to him that a starting spot is a real possibility.

As many have speculated on here, this could be a sign that TL genuinely wants out, and that Doyle's like-for-like release policy is panning out again.

While I admire the tenacious qualities Robson possesses, and agree that his arrival at the Warriors will infuse the squad with another true professional, I can't see how a veteran at the very (very) end of his career, who remarkably didn't properly crack first grade until he was 26, will solve any of the Warriors on-field problems. He'll be a handy back-up at best. But I hope they don't see him as SJ's foil, because all that would do is put all the heat back on Johnson as the only half capable of threatening the line.

If you look at the way the starting sides of the two Grand Finalists are structured, all 4 halves are a threat. The defence is on the back foot on both sides of the ruck. And this has to be the approach the Warriors take in 2016.

His stats for the season demonstrate his hardworking, journeyman status: he made the fewest errors (13), the most tackles (415) and passes (951) of any other halfback in the NRL.

This is all you needed to write mate, this is why Doyle has signed him. He's a season fill gap option but a good one at that, we've got enough guys who can put on try assists and be flamboyant. I think he'll help the club on many fronts and be committed to making his last season in the NRL as good as possible. Not saying we've signed JT but this guy fits the bill of what we needed for cheap.
 

Brother Faisal

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May 9, 2012
2,198
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Can't see how anyone can bag on the Robson signing. We've been asking for a half to foil johnson who can just do the basics and is an experienced professional. Robson ticks all those boxes, it's also only for a year so it gives Lolohea one more year to learn his trade from centre which I think is the best thing for him next year and for the team. We are going to be seriously well balanced across the park at this rate! I think any player signing is a bonus from here as I don't see any huge deficiencies in our squad.
the one year signing means either 2 things. hes purely back up while he works on a contract for a superleague team or hes got a year to prove hes worth an extension.
 

Brother Faisal

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May 9, 2012
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This could be an astute signing for the Warriors, but really, only time will tell. Robson is 33 years old and has publicly stated that he ONLY wants one more year in the game. So, regardless of how things turn out in New Zealand, he'll just do this season and then return to Sydney. Which does raise concerns about how vested he'll be in the club. It would be very difficult for any player to truly feel part of an organisation and excited about its prospects when they've just arrived and know they only have the one season there.

People are saying he'll be a mentor for the young Warriors halves, and perhaps through his dedication to training and inherently calm demeanor, he'll point the way for Tui and Mason. However, he doesn't strike me as the confident leader that you'd want in a 'mentor'. In fact, he seems very introverted. One of the reasons he worked so well for the Sharks this year was that he was perfectly content with simply handing the ball off to Gallen and co, rather than take any attacking initiative himself.

Gallen, who - love him or hate him - is one of the smartest football minds in Australia, described Robson as an unsung hero at the Sharks. And it's not hard to see why. The Sharks game was built around toughness, resilience and discipline. But it was the forwards who called the shots. Robson was a solid link the chain, and didn't get in anyone's way.

His stats for the season demonstrate his hardworking, journeyman status: he made the fewest errors (13), the most tackles (415) and passes (951) of any other halfback in the NRL. But conversely, he had only seven try assists (50th among all players). And even worse, he made only one line break in 2015. One!

Do the Warriors really need another Nathan Friend scenario where opposition players can hang off a key position in the knowledge that the person playing it will pose absolutely no threat to their defence?

If Robson were to perform this way as a starting half at the Warriors in 2016, I can see him getting ripped to shreds for being too bland, too predictable, too dull, and so on. We like the boring, reliable players in theory. But in practice, they become easy targets when the team struggles.

Having said all that, I can't imagine that Robson would be coming to Auckland on a one year deal to play NSW Cup. He could have stayed at the Sharks (who wanted him to re-sign) and done the same thing - a much easier final year for so many reasons. Which hints that Doyle and McFadden have alluded to him that a starting spot is a real possibility.

As many have speculated on here, this could be a sign that TL genuinely wants out, and that Doyle's like-for-like release policy is panning out again.

While I admire the tenacious qualities Robson possesses, and agree that his arrival at the Warriors will infuse the squad with another true professional, I can't see how a veteran at the very (very) end of his career, who remarkably didn't properly crack first grade until he was 26, will solve any of the Warriors on-field problems. He'll be a handy back-up at best. But I hope they don't see him as SJ's foil, because all that would do is put all the heat back on Johnson as the only half capable of threatening the line.

If you look at the way the starting sides of the two Grand Finalists are structured, all 4 halves are a threat. The defence is on the back foot on both sides of the ruck. And this has to be the approach the Warriors take in 2016.
youve described robson as a role player which is all we're asking of him. all he needs to do is kick, tackle, be proffessional and be smart. there are other players that can create that will be asked more of because their stars, robson is asked to be the link for those stars and from the sounds of it he should go well.
 

Play The Ball

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Jun 8, 2015
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the one year signing means either 2 things. hes purely back up while he works on a contract for a superleague team or hes got a year to prove hes worth an extension.
Disagree. He is a one year rental. They've convinced him to go around again as a starting half in a very promising young side to help bring them along. Who wouldn't want to play in a spine with Luke, SJ and RTS?
 

Dippa

Warriors Bench Player
Jan 27, 2015
36
The Jeff Robson signing makes real sense and a good one. He is developed and understands his role, he is the ideal player to add stability through his actions. Chad Townsend was a developing player and was trying very hard to make an impact, I don't think that this is the expectation of Jeff Robson and the Warriors management would have also be thinking the same.

It will be interesting to see who is preferred as the starting halves partner to Shaun Johnson because although many would think that Tommy would be a sure in, i'm not so sure about that. If the strategy to sign Jeff Robson was to add an experienced halves partner with the mindset of simply supporting and directing play based on Johnson's requirements, then I believe Jeff is the man to be given first opportunity. Who has the better ball playing ability?
 

Jordan G

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I'm curious as to why we would need a mentor for our young halves, when our coach is a former NRL half and our NSW Cup Coach is Stacey Jones. Whatever Robson has been signed for, it's not half mentoring.

It's a different thing to be told what and how to do it compared to having someone on the field doing it right in front of you. It's a much better learning experience. Unlike in previous years we actually have young halves/hookers who could become very good first graders (TLmkii, Lino, Hingano, Roache etc) the more experience we can put around them the better so we don't do the Warrior thing and stuff it up,
 

wazzas

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May 18, 2012
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to win a premiership, you not only need a good 17 players on game day, but a good squad too. If we do have injuries we need decent cover to ensure our performances to not deteriorate like it did this year when we lost SJ. We have got him cheap, therefore a good buy
 
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