Worker ant Roby so inspirational

Saints player Paul Wellens
Saints player Paul Wellens

The most impressive part of our game is our defence at the moment.

We again worked tirelessly without the ball, and to keep Warrington at bay for long periods during the second half is proof that the hard work we are putting into our defence is paying dividends.

If we are to be successful, then this is an area where we will need to maintain the very high standards we have already set.

We had some strong individual performances also.

Jonny Lomax and Jon Wilkin were very influential, and brought a lot of energy to our team.

I thought Sia Soliola was immense, and James Roby too was his usual non-stop energetic self.

Robes plays so well on a consistent basis that we can at some times be guilty of taking his efforts for granted.

If I could liken Robes to an animal, then it would be an ant.

He is diminutive in stature, a hard worker and can lift 20 times his own body weight.

These characteristics were all evident when he carried three players on his back to score his try.

The victory gives us the luxury of having a weekend off from playing, and we can already begin preparations for the semi-final eliminator the following week.

Quite often the question gets raised as to whether having a week off is beneficial, but for me it is a complete no-brainer.

Coming towards the end of a long season, any opportunity to rest up – especially for those who have been carrying a few knocks – is very important and we get the chance to spend a bit more time on the training field to iron out some areas we want to improve.

Last week, the club announced the signing of Alex Walmsley, a 21-year-old front-row forward from Batley, and at 6ft 5in and around 110kg, he certainly has the physical attributes to be a big success in Super League.

This signing is a reflection of the club’s commitment to strengthening the squad and investing in young players with huge potential.

It will also provide further competition for places which is exactly what you need to be a successful team.

Usually when a new player comes to the club, the temptation is to play a few pranks as some sort of initiation.

But with Alex being as big as he is, I think the sensible option would be to leave him well alone until we find out whether he has a short fuse or not – either that, or just blame Wilko.

On a personal note, I’m delighted to sign a one-year contract extension and be part of the club’s plans for 2013, which will be an exciting year under Nathan Brown.

Contract negotiations with the club have always been pretty straightforward, and I enjoy a good working relationship with Eamonn McManus, although with the chairman being a Manchester United fan, and me a Manchester City supporter, there was a time when I thought I may find myself surplus to requirements,

When you are in your 30s, you have to think about retirement.

But my thought has always been to play as long as I can if my form and fitness is still good enough to warrant a place in the team.

I have no set plan on when I will retire, but to sign just a one-year contract is the sensible option both for the club and myself.

It is also great news Paul Clough and Francis Meli have signed contract extensions.

Both are important to us and have been with us a long time.

To retain players like this will give the squad stability, and it is important that we keep our experienced players as well as developing the youth.

Finally, with us being one win away from Old Trafford, I can sense a real excitement about the town.

Whoever we play at Langtree Park in the semi-final eliminator, it will an extremely tough game with so much at stake for both teams.

The support that we have had in our first season in our new home has been fantastic and, on behalf of all the players, I would like to thank everyone who comes to the games and gets behind us.

Let’s fill up Langtree Park one more time this season and cheer us on to Old Trafford.

Come on you Saints

WELLO