Roby rules out coaching future

James Roby is approaching the twilight of his glittering rugby league career
James Roby is approaching the twilight of his glittering rugby league career
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Home bird James Roby is approaching the twilight of his glittering and trophy-ladened rugby league career but is showing no signs of slowing down.

Head coach Keiron Cunningham plans to wrap him in cotton wool during stages of the new First Utility Super League season.

I like to play every game but Kez is the boss and he’s probably right

James Roby

Hooker Roby, who turned 30 in November and is part way through a five-year deal at Langtree Park, said: “I feel as fit as ever and I'm raring to go.

“We have recruited some new young talent and they have brought an extra buzz to training with their enthusiasm and it will be up to the likes of me and skipper Jon Wilkin as two of the senior players to guide them now and once the season gets under way.”

Roby will be in his early thirties once his existing contract expires and what will then lie ahead for him even the man himself is unsure of.

He has steadfastly refused to ply his trade abroad - even though a host of NRL clubs would give their right arm for his services. - and the odds are on him finishing his career as a one-club man.

But the former Man of Steel added: “You can't predict what's just around the corner and you can never say never.

One thing, however, is certain ... the England international will not be pursuing a behind-the-scenes role at Langtree Park when he finally hangs up his boots.

“Coaching is not for me but at this moment in time I haven't decided where my future lies,” he said.

“It's something I will have to discuss with my family but for the time being I'm enjoying my rugby and hope this will continue for a few more years.”

A couple of weeks ago Cunningham dropped a hint that he would give Robes the luxury of putting up his feet on occasions this season.

He said: “I can't keep running him into the ground and need to find ways of giving him a break now and again, even though he won't like it.

“He's one of our biggest assets and I don't want to break him.”

Roby countered: “I like to play every game but Kez is the boss and he's probably right.”