Vodafone Warriors utility Jeff Robson has been granted an early release from his contract on compassionate grounds.
The 33-year-old joined the club on a one-year contract while his wife Gabi and the couple’s special needs daughter Charlotte remained in Sydney.
He appeared in the Vodafone Warriors’ first six matches of the season and had a seventh outing against St George Illawarra on May 1.
Vodafone Warriors recruitment and development manager Tony Iro said Robson, who has been playing for the club’s Intrust Super Premiership side, was keen to see out his contract but his family situation had been challenging.
“With Shaun (Johnson) and Tommy (Leuluai) coming back from surgery, we signed Jeff to give us experienced cover in the halves,” said Iro.
“While Shaun started the season Tommy didn’t so, having Jeff in the squad was a major benefit given his vast experience and the professional attitude he brought to the club.
“More recently Tommy has been back in the side and we also have Tui (Lolohea), Ata (Hingano) and Mason (Lino) as options in the halves.
“However, it has been difficult for Jeff on a personal level being separated from his family and we certainly support him in his desire to be back with them.”
Robson was grateful for the opportunity he had to play NRL football for the Vodafone Warriors after previous experience with Manly, Parramatta and Cronulla.
“I’ve really enjoyed coming over to New Zealand to be a part of this club. It’s a great set-up and I’ve appreciated the opportunities I’ve had,” he said.
“I would have liked to see my contract through but in the end my family is far more important. I haven’t seen a lot of them and I’m extremely grateful (coach) Cappy (McFadden), Tony, Jim (Doyle) and everyone else has been so understanding.
“I wish the boys and the coaching staff all the best for the rest of the season. I’ll be taking a special interest in their progress.”
Robson has played 166 NRL games since his debut in 2004.