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Unsung Robson desperate to stay an Eel

By Ian McCullough 03/08/2009 03:11:48 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta halfback Jeff Robson says he is desperate to remain at the Eels next season after proving he could be the answer to the NRL club's problematic No.7 position.

The 27-year-old playmaker, who joined the Eels from Manly at the start of the year, has been one of the unsung heroes in the team's recent good run of form which has seen them make an unlikely charge for a finals spot after three successive wins.

After making just six first-grade appearances in five seasons with the Sea Eagles, Robson looked to be drifting out of the game after being released by the reigning premiers before being given a lifeline by Eels coach Daniel Anderson.

Anderson handed Robson a one-year deal to be the club's third-choice halfback, behind Brett Finch and Kris Keating, and although he jumped at the chance to stay in the NRL, he also kept his job as landscaper to top up his salary.

However, with Finch being shown the door by Anderson after just three games, and Keating breaking his jaw in round 10 against Manly, Robson was handed the task of guiding a struggling team around the field.

After initially failing to make an impression, Robson and young five-eighth Daniel Mortimer have since developed a burgeoning partnership and he said he's desperate to build on it.

"It is just good to get a few back-to-back games behind me and get my confidence up," Robson told AAP.

"I never really got too much of a chance at Manly and coming here I have been able to get an opportunity and I want to stay.

"These are really exciting times at the club especially with the signings we have made for next season."

Eels chief executive Paul Osborne says a deal is ready to be offered to Robson's manager in the next week or so and hoped to be in a position to offer a new deal to lock Todd Lowrie who is also off-contract.

"These two guys have been in really good form recently and we want them to stay," Osborne told AAP.

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