“No, he won’t be at the Roosters,” Robinson said.
The Roosters have made a point of only signing players that fit Robinson’s team-first mentality in recent years.
The three-time premiership winning coach doesn’t see Pangai jnr fitting that mould.
“I don’t know what’s going on up there but we’ve worked really hard – as you can see – for the type of player that we want,” he said.
“And he’s not going to fit that mould.”
One player who epitomises that mould is Boyd Cordner.
The Roosters, NSW and Kangaroos skipper will not feature in Thursday night’s blockbuster clash with the Storm due to lingering concussion concerns.
He will likely be sidelined for another fortnight, according to Robinson.
“We don’t want it to be ongoing. I guess we had the experience of Luke Keary last year and you can see how Luke’s playing, training and performing,” Robinson said.
“And we’ve made a decision to take the six weeks we took with Luke last year. It will be another couple of weeks out and the expert advice we’ve been getting, we feel like that’s the right length.
“It’ll be another couple of weeks out. He’s back, running at training with us but we will focus on getting him ready, getting him healthy, ready to play again.”
Lachie Lam has been healthy and ready to play for years as Cooper Cronk’s understudy.
He started the season as Kyle Flanagan’s understudy but, having been named at No. 7 again, it’s clearly his jersey to lose.
“He’s a local kid and he loves the Roosters – absolutely loves the Roosters. He’s had opportunities to go but he doesn’t want to go. He wants to stay and he wants to fight for his position,” Robinson said.
“We bought over the top of him in Kyle to come and do a role and that spurned him on even more. He didn’t drop his bottom lip, he simply said I’m going to work harder. He wasn’t going to wait for an opportunity. He was going to go and grasp one. And that’s what you want.
“You want really good competition but in the best interest of the team as well.”
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Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.