TALK about being caught between the Devil and the deep blue sea.
Like most sports-loving fans - and no doubt many in St Helens - I was faced with a three-way dilemma early on Friday night, whether to tune-in to the Wimbledon semi-final clash between eventual champion Andy Murray and Jerzy Janowicz, the Roses cricket battle involving Yorkshire and Lancashire at Headingley, or Warrington Wolves’ Super League showdown with Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium.
In the end, I decided to keep switching from one channel to the other and enjoying the best of three worlds.
It also left me pondering how different TV companies estimate their viewing figures for a big sporting event when three are broadcasted around the same time and people like me keep channel hopping every other minute.
g IT didn’t come as a surprise to me when I read that Saints’ world class hooker James Roby had rejected a move to join Aussie NRL club Parramatta Eels once his current contract at Langtree Park expires.
I remember interviewing him some time ago and asking if he fancied a move Down Under and he answered unequivocally a resounding “no way”.
Since then, of course, the massive financial carrot hanged in front of British players has grown considerably but I still expect him to follow in the footstep of current St Helens skipper Paul Wellens who is set to end his career at the club where he started on the road to almost never-ending success.
Any local lad needs a great deal of persuasion to uproot his young family and head for the other side of the world; no how great the financial incentives.
After all, there is no place like home and the contentment which goes with it.