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Eels' Robson out to prove doubters wrong

By Ben Horne 11/02/2010 04:44:08 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta NRL halfback Jeff Robson is aware critics are still doubting his ability, and is determined to prove them wrong.

Despite playing a leading hand in the Eels making it through to last year's grand final, plenty still see Robson as the weak link in an otherwise star-studded backline.

The 27-year-old was the unsung hero in Parramatta's dream run last season, with his steadiness allowing Jarryd Hayne to flourish.

Robson managed just six games in the first five years of his NRL career, but now he's got his start, the late bloomer is ready to cement his position and dismiss his detractors.

"I'm sure there are still probably people who doubt me but obviously I want to just go out there and prove them wrong," Robson told AAP.

"I don't really listen to those sorts of things. I just go out and enjoy my footy and being around the boys.

"After last season, hopefully we can go one better. I want to have another good season and remain injury free."

Jarryd Hayne and Timana Tahu help form one of the most devastating backlines in the game, yet the man in the hot-seat at the Eels is the little-known Robson.

Traditionally, halfback is the make-or-break position in any team, but Robson believes his job is simple.

The Leeton junior is unfazed by the task of ensuring Parramatta's weapons see quality ball.

"No, if anything it takes more pressure off myself, just to give them early ball, and they can do their own thing," said Robson.

"I'll be playing a similar style of play with my position. I've just got to lead the team around the park and be dominant, and hopefully we can go from there and win a lot of games."

Another of the Eels' backline stars, Eric Grothe said Robson doesn't appreciate the criticism, but knows exactly what to do about it.

"He doesn't like the tag too much, the old working class Robbo, but he's got it so you've got to run with it. As footy players do, you've got to have thick skin," Grothe said.

"You know what he's like, he's just head down bum up and being the halfback you cop it from the coaches more than anyone else.

"I think he handled himself fantastically last year and to come from where he was not playing much first grade to leading a grand final team out is just a massive pat on the back for him.

"He knows what it takes now and he'll be a lot wiser for the experience."

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