Roby excited by derby challenge

James Roby
James Roby

James Roby will be awash with emotion when he leads Saints out ahead of the ultimate testimonial match at Langtree Park on Friday.

Arch-rivals and 2013 double winners Wigan Warriors provide star-studded opposition on a night when the fans have a chance to salute the 28-year-old hooker in recognition of 10 years’ loyal service to his home town club.

Roby, who made his senior debut against Widnes Vikings in March 2004, said yesterday: “I couldn’t have hand-picked better opponents for the occasion and at the same time I’m grateful to Wigan accepting my invitation to take part in such a prestigious fixture.

“Being a local I don’t need telling about the intense rivalry which exists between the two clubs and extra interest will be generated by the fact both have a number of new faces in the camp.

He added: “Both teams are likely to field strong-looking line-ups and hopefully it will be a great spectacle for the fans ahead of the new season.”

Saints’ boss Nathan Brown expects Luke Walsh, Adam Swift, Soli Soliola and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, who missed the 20-0 victory over Batley Bulldogs on Friday, to return to the squad and indicated that the players on duty, injuries permitting, are likely to form the backbone of the squad which will face Warrington Wolves at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium in the opening First Utility Super League fixture of the campaign early next month.