Roby - Simmons sacking was “eye-opener”

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JAMES Roby has admitted the sacking of former coach Royce Simmons was the “eye-opener” that turned the club’s season around.

Caretaker boss Mike Ross, installed following Simmons’ shock departure, has led the club to fourth in the table, and has only lost to high-flying Wigan.

“Earlier on in the year, we were down near the bottom of the league,” St Helens and England hooker Roby said.

“Momentum is going our way and hopefully we can keep building on that.

“We’re not used to being there. It was an eye-opener with Royce and (assistant coach) Keiron Purtill going.”

Roby added: “We’ve played well since Mike and (Keiron Cunningham) came in, apart from the Wigan games, but momentum is going our way and hopefully we can keep building on that.”