ONLY minutes after being named in the 2012 Super League Dream Team for the fourth time on Monday, Saints’ Mr Consistency James Roby confessed: “I would willingly swap the accolade for a Grand Final gold ring at the end of the season.”
Hooker Roby, who had also earned a place in the prestigious team of the year during the 2007, 2010 and 2011 campaign, said: “I am obviously delighted at being selected and feel it is a privilege to be honoured in this way.
“But after being involved in the club’s last six Old Trafford Grand Finals, in which we have only won once in 2006 against Hull FC, I am desperate for our fortunes to change.”
But like the rest of his team-mates, he is looking no further than Saturday night’s qualifying play-off clash against Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, where in March they triumphed 28-16 – the only club to lower the Wire’s colours this season in front of their own fans.
Roby, 26, and with more than 260 appearances for his home-town club, added: “Our victory over Wigan on Friday night was a statement of real intent.
“We were able to take some positives out of the game, but it won’t mean much if we don’t take them into the play-off.
“We have a great deal of big-match experience which is reflected in previous year’s performances.
“But Warrington are a quality side and we will need to produce our A-game if we are to progress.”
Acting head coach Mike Rush said: “We have no God-given right to reach the final, and will only get there by good performances and effort and all those buzz words like enthusiasm.”