SYDNEY - Jilted All Black Mark Robinson may make his debut for the New Zealand Warriors at the reprised rugby league world sevens in Sydney next month.

Robinson, who failed to secure a Super 12 contract this year, has been training with the NRL minor premiers while weighing up his future options, which include a move to Europe.

Warriors coach Daniel Anderson said the Aucklander, who played three tests for the All Blacks on their end of season tour to England, Scotland and Argentina in 2001, was in contention for the sevens to be played at Aussie Stadium on February 1-2.

"He's definitely on the shortlist," Anderson said today.

Australian papers today said the 27-year-old was on the verge of signing with the Warriors but Anderson dismissed those claims as premature.

One spot was still vacant in the 25-man first grade squad but salary cap restraints suggested the club would promote an up and coming player rather than invest in an established star.

"You are always looking to improve but that's been difficult because of the cap," Anderson said.

He said Robinson had impressed at training although he was still unsure how he would make the transition.

Anderson joked he had to remind Robinson about using a foot to roll back the ball at the play the ball but otherwise he had picked up the basics smoothly.

"He hasn't played league but he's a quick learner. Being a former All Black he is an elite athlete and he certainly has the skills. I'm keen to see how he goes in the trials."

Anderson envisaged Robinson as a halfback or hooker -- positions where the Warriors are already well served with the likes of Stacey Jones, PJ Marsh, Lance Hohaia and Motu Tony.

- NZPA