Coach Stephen Kearney showed his hand on the halves pairing at Parramatta Stadium on Monday night, despite Robson being instrumental in the Eels’ 40-6 win over Cronulla.
Kearney told media the club had offered Robson a contract, but could not wait to sign halves Chris Sandow from Souths and Canterbury’s Ben Roberts, announced this month.
“We’ve had an offer out for Jeff for the last eight weeks,” Kearney said.
“We needed to make things concrete for where we’re heading next year. Where that leaves Jeff I’m not 100 per cent sure at this stage. That’s with him and his management group. We made it pretty clear that once we’ve made the decisions that we wouldn’t be able to fit everyone in (the squad).”
Robson still hoped he could remain in the blue and gold next year.
“I’d love to stay at the club but they’ve signed a couple of other halves and I just have to look at what’s best for me,” he said.
“I’d play anywhere in the team as long as I was in first grade.”
Kearney, however, said Mortimer needed a break.