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Robson unlikely to remain with Eels

Ian McCullough 29/05/2011 02:06:49 PM Comments (0)

Parramatta halfback Jeff Robson admits it's unlikely he will be an Eels player next season and revealed a decision will be made on his future "very shortly".

The 27-year-old has been offered a new deal by Parramatta, but with Chris Sandow and Ben Roberts joining the club for 2012 and Daniel Mortimer still under contract for another year, Robson is looking elsewhere, with Cronulla and South Sydney both interested in his services.

Eels coach Stephen Kearney admitted on Friday there would be players shown the door at the end of the year, but he would prefer to keep the versatile Robson, who can play halfback, hooker and five-eighth.

However, the former Manly playmaker was lukewarm when asked about the prospect of re-signing with Parramatta.

"I am just letting my manager have a look at what is out there, so I can focus on my footy, it is nice to have a few clubs interested in signing me, and we'll decide what to do very soon," Robson told AAP.

"I've had a few offers here and there, but nothing is clear at the moment but it is still early days, but I am confident we will be making a decision very shortly."

Robson also said contact had been made by two English Super League clubs and refused to rule out a move to Europe.

"Ideally I would prefer to stay in the NRL if I could, I've had a bit of interest from over there and I would consider it, but I just need to weigh a few things up but it is nice to have a few options."

Robson rued Parramatta's inability to retain the ball in Saturday's dour 8-6 defeat by Newcastle and said the team need to start improving quickly to stop their season ending early for a second successive season.

"We dropped a lot of ball early on and put ourselves under pressure, it was wet out there and the ball was slippery, but you have to complete your sets and we didn't do that," he said.

"We have a lot of improvement to do, last week against Cronulla was good, but we have to just get back to playing that grinding style of footy, completing sets and kicking long for the corners and hopefully we can turn it around next week."

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