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Roby undecided over playing future

19 Jul 21, 7:05AM 0 Comments

Written by John Davidson

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James Roby has yet to decide if will retire at the end of this year or play on into 2022 after winning his fourth Challenge Cup.

The 35-year-old, who made his debut for St Helens in 2004, is off-contract at the end of this season. Roby turns 36 in November and scored a try in Saturday’s 26-12 victory over Castleford at Wembley.

The hooker has enjoyed a trophy-laden career in the red and white with Challenge Cup wins in 2006, 2007, 2008 and now 2021, along with Super League titles in 2006, 2014, 2019 and 2020.

Roby admitted he remains unsure if he will put on the boots again next year.

“I’m still undecided on next year at the moment,“ he said.

“You could look at it on one hand, it would be nice to finish on a high. On the other hand why finish when there’s trophies to win?

“It’s tough one and obviously a decision where I’ll sit down with the club and see what’s going on. But I’m just really proud to be part of this team.

“I was successful early in my career and now I’m having a period of success at the back end of my career. I put a lot of it down to the people around me and the players, and what they really do for this team.

“I suppose my role’s changed as a player. But I can’t speak highly enough of the boys involved.”

Roby topped the tackle count for his team at Wembley, with 37, and also made 41 metres from five runs.

The forward said he was “ecstatic” to get the win.

“I’m over the moon,” he said.

“2008 was the last year we won it so it’s been a long time. I’m just really proud of the boys and made up that we’re bringing it back.

“The heat – it wasn’t too nice to be honest. You could tell in the second half that the heat was going to be a big factor – it was ridiculously hot.

“It was hard, it was one of the hottest I’ve played but it doesn’t matter now.”

Roby’s try in the second half was a major turning point in the game, and was controversially awarded by the video referee.

“I was confident when he gave it as an on-field try,” he said.

“As far I was aware it was a try. But it was a tense few moments. I was just glad to get over the try-line.

“They took their time with it, but I suppose it’s a big occasion and they have to get it right.”

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