Robson prepared to be patient
Veteran playmaker Jeff Robson is ready to endure some frustrating moments through the opening rounds as his combination with Shaun Johnson develops in the halves for the Warriors.
While there is an expectation from many that the club's representative-laden roster will fire in attack from the get go, Robson knows it will probably take a few competitive games for he and Johnson to fully understand each other's contrasting styles.
"These things are going to take a bit of time, but we have been gelling well at training so hopefully we can come out and play some good footy against the Tigers this weekend," Robson told NRL.com ahead of his debut for the Kiwi side.
"That Dragons trial a couple of weeks ago was the first time Issac [Luke], Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck], Shaun and I had all played together.
"But I have really been enjoying my time training alongside Shaun and playing in the Nines and the trial with him.
"He is a quality player and hopefully I can sort of steady the ship for him a bit and steer us around the field and allow him to play off the back of that.
"I haven't played with too many players like Shaun to be honest, but I sort of look at our combination as being pretty similar to what myself and Toddy Carney had at the Sharks. I just steered us around the field and let him play footy."
Among a number of surprises to come out of the first Warriors team for 2016 was coach Andrew McFadden's decision to name Robson in the No.7 jersey which Johnson has had a mortgage on since midway through the 2011 season.
While it's easy to dismiss Johnson's swap to the No.6 as something trivial, McFadden said there was some meaning behind it.
"There is a subtle suggestion for Shaun that this is the way we want him to be," McFadden said.
"We want him to be a little freer, he has got full roaming capacity in the game and I think not having the seven on his back just says he doesn't really have to control the game; that's Jeff Robson's role.
"Shaun was quite open, he actually made a suggestion there, we talked about it and I said 'it's a good move.'"
Of the 17 Warriors named to face the Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday five players will be making their club debut, while 19-year-old utility Nathaniel Roache will play his first Telstra Premiership match off the interchange.