He may well have stayed at the Sharks but signings on their behalf and opportunities elsewhere led to his departure, as Jeff Robson will cross the Tasman Sea and take up a one-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.
With 159 games to his name so far across three clubs, the Manly Sea Eagles, the Parramatta Eels and the Cronulla Sharks – who only recently made the finals series – the veteran will have a new challenge ahead of him.
Though cracking the Warriors side will not be easy, with early tips suggesting that the halves pairing may well be Tuimoala Lolohea and the electrifying Shaun Johnson.
Time will soon tell, but the signing does bring some further experience to the Warriors side and coach Andrew McFadden praised the signing of Robson for that reason.
â€œItâ€™s great to have Jeff joining us. Heâ€™s not only a proven performer but heâ€™s also a durable and totally professional athlete,â€ he said.
â€œLike Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck), Issac (Luke) and Blake (Ayshford), Jeff enables us to build our depth as well as giving us another player to help to lift our standards across the squad and throughout the club.â€
Robson was well revered during his time at the Sharks and coach Shane Flanagan praised the hard work and effort shown by the veteran on a weekly basis.
â€œRobbo has been an important part of our team over the past four years,â€ Flanagan said.
â€œHe is popular amongst his teammates and a great clubman. Heâ€™s held this team together through some tough times over the last couple of seasons and while sad to see him go, we are all glad he has been given another opportunity with the Warriors.
The new challenge is one that Robson relishes and he was quick to thank all involved at and with the club for their continued support during his time there.
â€œWhilst I’m sad to be leaving the Sharks, I’m excited and really looking forward to be joining the Warriors next season,” Robson said.
“Over the past four years I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time at the Sharks and I’ve made some lifelong friends.
“I’d like to thank everybody at the club and in the Sutherland Shire for the help and generosity during my time here.”