With the contract of their star hooker set to expire at the end of the current campaign, Justin Holbrook and Co. have moved to extend skipper James Roby’s deal until the end of the 2019 campaign.
Having made his debut for St Helens in 2004, he initially played second fiddle to club legend Keiron Cunningham. Following his retirement in 2010, though, he received the number 9 jersey and has promptly racked up over 400 appearances for his boyhood team. 2019 will be his sixteenth season wearing the famous red vee and his head coach, Justin Holbrook, was understandably happy with the deal. “This was a very easy decision to make,” he said, further adding that “as captain, James is a leader within the group and quite simply one of the best players in Super League.”
Roby, 32, returned to the England fold for the first time in two years to star in the 2017 RLWC for his country and professed his delight at signing an extension with his hometown club. “I’m really happy to stay at my hometown club. Although there is a long way to go this season, everything is going well and I’m looking forward to the rest of the year and next. I’m proud to have played at the Saints my whole career and I’m really looking forward to the future,” he revealed.
St Helens will be looking to add another two points to the twenty-two they have already accrued as they play host to Catalans tonight, a preview of which you can read here.