Yates' view: Super League priorities but craving a Wembley win

Skipper James Roby goes into the new Rugby League season desperately keen to share a record which no other member of Saints' current 30-man squad can boast at this moment in time.

Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:10 am
Updated Friday, 26th March 2021, 9:12 am
James Roby. Picture: SWPix

The hooker, who has spent all his professional life with his hometown club, is the only player on head coach Kristian Woolf's playing staff who knows what it means to win a Wembley Challenge Cup Final.

Naturally, top priority this year will be to lift the Super League title for a third successive occasion and matching Leeds' triumphs of 2007/8/9. but 35-year-old Roby, now in the twilight of a glittering career, will also be hoping to steer the club to cup final glory, placating their devoted fans who still find it hard to swallow that they haven't won what many feel is still the most iconic club trophy in the sport since 2008 when defeating Hull FC.

From a personal point of view, he will also want to catch the eye of England coach Shaun Wane ahead of the end-of-season World Cup and admits it will be his last chance to play on the biggest stage of all.

Several trophies, including the League Leaders' Shield, are up for grabs but is hardly worth thinking about now. All that matters is tonight's opener against Salford Red Devils at Headingley and then the next game and 'so on and so on.'

It's the way Saints operate - and it's a winning formula.