Roby: I can’t see myself playing anywhere else

James Roby in the new Saints kit
James Roby in the new Saints kit

JAMES Roby has given the clearest hint yet that he will not be following in the footsteps of other Brits who have joining the exodus Down Under in recent years.

Proudly wearing Saints’ new home shirt at a specal photo-shoot last week, the 26-year-old demonstrated where his loyalties lie.

One-club man Roby, who made his Super League debut against Widnes at Knowsley Road in March 2004, said: “Playing for Saints is something I dreamt about from a young child.

“I am a St Helens’ lad and I cannot see myself playing anywhere else.”

A clutch of NRL clubs would give their right arm to lure the Great Britain and England international to the other side of the world but unlike former team-mate James Graham and fellow professionals, including Sam Burgess and Gary Widdup, he has resisted the temptation.

Roby is also delighted by the new-look home shirt which will hopefully be available to the fans at the beginning of next month and will make an ideal Christmas present.

“Having been a Saints’ fan all my life I have seen plenty of the club’s previous shirts and this is up there with the best,” he told the club’s website.

Steve Law, mechanising manager at Langtree Park, said: “This year we have combined the old with the new by extending the famous Red V up through the chest and over the shoulder.

“This was to maintain the tradition of a deeper vee while the addition of black into the kit in the form of inserts, cuffs and hem trims has been created from black trims within the club logo.”

He added: “The shirt is both functional and fashionable and can be worn on match nights or socially. The material is vector polyester which is designed to keep fans cool in hotter weather and warmer when it is cold.

“The badge is dimension welded while the ISC logo and club name are embroidered on the right chest and back of the neck respectively.”