Roby commits to Saints

James Roby training at Langtree Park
James Roby training at Langtree Park

Saints star James Roby has signed a new five-year contract with his hometown club - committing to remain a one-club man for the rest of his career.

The England hooker, 28, who, in recent years, has been courted by the NRL, made his Saints debut back in 2004 and has since made 280 appearances for the club, scoring 73 tries.

He was voted Super League Man of Steel in 2007 and has also won international honours with both Great Britain and England.

Roby said: “It’s great to commit to a long-term deal with St Helens. I signed with them immediately after school and am now entering my testimonial season.

“It is more than fulfilling to spend my entire career with such a great club.”

Saints chairman Eamonn McManus said: “This is a huge and timely boost both for the club and, just as importantly, for Super League. Understandably, as one of the best hookers in the world, James attracted considerable interest from the NRL but ultimately showed continued loyalty to St Helens and the English game.

“It is now his testimonial year so I would hope that our fans and rugby league fans generally, show their support for his testimonial game and events in recognition of his continued loyalty and commitment to our club and to our league.”

He added: “James has been St Helens’ stand out performer for the last decade and is one of English Rugby League’s national treasures - it’s more than gratifying to know that he has committed long-term to us and that we can continue to build the next generation of Saints players around him.”