Legendary St Helens hooker James Roby is looking forward to his final Betfred Super League season with the Saints and is hoping that he can retire from rugby league with a few more trophies to his name.
The 37-year-old has made 522 career appearances for St Helens since his debut back in 2004 and has gone on to win 20 pieces of silverware at the club with whom he has spent his entire professional career.
Roby is a Super League icon and the record holder for most appearances in the competition with 468, having overtaken the great Kevin Sinfield’s record of 454 in June.
Naiqama hoping his experience can push the Giants up the Super League table
Tim Lafai on falling back in love with Rugby League with Salford Red Devils
In August, Roby signed a one-year extension with the Saints in August to bring him up to 20 seasons with the club and he’s glad he decided to give it one more year before hanging up his boots despite his body firing warnings at him.
He told The Sportsman: “I’m thankful I made the right decision. All geared up for this one, obviously it will be my last one. I’ve got too many signs now and I know myself what my body is capable of and obviously mentally as well. I’m really looking forward to it.
Having won a lot of titles during his first 19 years with the Saints, Roby is still as hungry as ever to win as much as he can in a Saints jersey.
“I want it to hopefully be another successful year for us. We’re enjoying a great period of success for the club at the moment and I’ve enjoyed being a part of that, and enjoyed being a part of the team and the culture we’ve got going at St Helens at the moment.
“So it makes it that little bit more difficult to step away when it’s going so well. So I want to be a part of it for one more year and hopefully lift a couple more trophies - and the ultimate aim is to win five [Super League titles] in a row.”
Saints begin their season with the World Club Challenge against NRL champions Penrith Panthers, live on Channel 4 on Saturday February 18th.
*18+ | BeGambleAware | Odds Subject To Change