JAMES Roby has set his sights on a dream double – ending Saints’ four-year wait for a major trophy and bagging the World Cup with England.
The St Helens hooker is feeling fully re-charged after having the luxury of a full winter break and is in the frame of mind to add to his collection of winners’ medals.
“It’s a massive year in more ways than one,” said the 27-year-old, who has made more than 260 appearances for his hometown club.
“My ideal dream would be to bring Langtree Park its first piece of domestic silverware and pick up a World Cup winner’s medal in November ... I couldn’t ask for more.”
Describing the immediate future as “exciting times”, the St Helens and England ace declared: “I can’t wait for the start of the new season, which is full of so much promise, and firmly believe that we can bring more honours to the club.
“Our fans demand success. Recent history suggests they expect us to win trophies and we understand that as players.
“We may have lacked the ability in recent years to kill off the opposition in big games but with a little more overall consistency we can turn the corner.”
Roby, who only missed two matches in 2012 through injury, which led to him suffered from ‘burn out’ and withdrawing from the end-of-season internationals, will be just as prepared to put his body on the line in the future.
He said: “There were definitely times last year when I felt tired but it was partly my fault because I am the type of bloke who can’t say no if the coach asks me to play.
“I love playing the full 80 minutes but that was probably the main reason I was forced to pull out of the end-of-season internationals.
“It’s also fine by me if coach Nathan Brown wants to rest me at some stages of a game this season and replaces me with maybe Lance Hohaia.
“He is not being mean to me if he does this but will be thinking of the team in general.
“It will not result in a drop of quality on the pitch, and possibly it will benefit me as the World Cup approaches.”
Indeed, Roby feels that tht England have their best chance in decades of being crowned world champions.
He said: “I believe we have a better and stronger squad than ever which has been meticulously prepared by head coach Steve McNamara over a period of time and capable of overturning our biggest rivals which will be Australia and New Zealand.”