Jeff Robson : Digital Image Scott Davis NRLphotos: NRL Finals Week 2 North Queensland Cowboys V Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks at 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville, Saturday 19th September 2015

Experienced halfback Jeff Robson has today announced he will leave the Sharks in 2016 after agreeing to one-year deal with the New Zealand Warriors.

In four seasons at the Cronulla club Robson was an extremely productive and dependable member of the Sharks NRL team, playing 92 top grade games, including all 26 matches during the 2015 season.

While disappointed to see Robson heading to the Warriors next year, Sharks Coach Shane Flanagan only had words of praise for the hard-working number seven who leaves with the club’s best wishes.

“Robbo has been an important part of our team over the past four years,” Flanagan said. “He is popular amongst his teammates and a great clubman. He’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.”

Robson was eagerly anticipating the new challenge awaiting him at the Warriors, with his ability and experience set to assist and complement the young guns in the New Zealand side.

“Whilst 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."

Something of a late-bloomer as an NRL player, Robson debuted in 2004 with the Sea Eagles but didn’t really come into his own until at age 27 he became a regular at the Eels in 2009, playing in the Parramatta Grand Final side during that same season.

He joined the Sharks in 2012, with his first grade debut at Cronulla coming against Manly in round three of the 2003 season. Robson leaves having played 92 NRL games for the Sharks and 159 matches in his career.