Roby hungry for honours

St Helens James Roby is tackled by Wigan Warriors Ben Fowler
St Helens James Roby is tackled by Wigan Warriors Ben Fowler

James Roby is hoping there is more gold at the end of the rainbow as Saints pursue their first domestic trophy since winning the Challenge Cup against Hull at Wembley in 2008.

Roby is one of four current players at the club who have a fistful of honours under their belts from past Super League and Challenge Cup glories but don’t want the curtain to come down on their careers until they have tasted more success.

Paul Wellens leads the way on the domestic front, boasting a trophy tally which is the envy of many other Rugby League players, both past and present.

Saints’ one-club man can boast four Super League titles and five Challenge Cup triumphs since making his debut in 1999.

Neither are the records of team-mates John Wilkin and Ade Gardner too bad - four cup final victories and part of a Grand Final success.

Trailing not too far behind them in terms of Saints silverware is Roby - a three-time cup final winner and possessor of one Grand Final ring.

All four have also helped Saints to the top of the table spot at the end of the regular season on several occasions.

But according to 28-year-old hooker all four believe that the club is capable of ending a barren spell following the signing of several top fight players and the continual progress of talented youngsters in the squad.

Roby, who is enjoying a well-merited testimonial year, said: “Being one of the youngsters in the team, I was guilty of taking success for granted in the middle years of the past decade.

“We expected to pick up silverware every season, always confident of overcoming whoever we played but have fallen short in the last few years.

“Like Wello, Jon and Ade, I don’t want my career to tail-off without more silverware... starting this season.”

But the Great Britain international recognises it won’t be easy as the gap in terms of ability between most of the Super League clubs has narrowed over the past few years.

Even so, he is excited at the prospect of playing behind Saints new-look pack which will boast tough-as-teak forwards Mose Masoe and Richard Beaumont when fit and the likes of Kyle Amor, Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Mark Flanagan and Anthony Laffranchi.

Roby reckons Saints are capable of reviving past glories.

He said: “I’m a local lad and people in the town are always reminding me we have not won a trophy for a few years but I believe this is good pressure because the club is renowned for winning top trophies.

“As players, we have not forgotten what success feels like and now we want some of the other lads in the squad to experience it.

“It would also be a ‘thank you’ to the fans for the dedication they have shown to us over the years.”