Roby delighted to remain a Saint

13 December 2013 22:59:44 GMTPlus10

St Helens hooker James Roby has expressed his delight at having signed a new contract with the club, and believes the squad is capable of delivering silverware in 2014.

Roby is one of Saints' longest serving players, having made his debut for the club in 2004. He featured for England at the recent World Cup, despite missing a large part of last season through injury.

And the former Man of Steel now has his sights set on success with his club following England's World Cup exit at the semi-final stage, and Saints' early departure from the play-offs. St Helens are 2.00 to be the regular season winners of Super League XIX and 2.00 to triumph in the Grand Final.

I'm very lucky to play for Saints and it's good to be able to buy a little security.

James Roby

"I'm naturally very happy to have signed a new contract with the club, who are the only one I've ever played for. The end of this contract will take me past my 33rd birthday, and that's a great feeling to know things are tied up for a few years," said Roby, who is a product of the town's local amateur scene.

"It's the same for all players in that you have to do what's right for your family. I'm very lucky to play for Saints and it's good to be able to buy a little security while affording myself the opportunity to play for the club I love for a few more years."

Saints fielded a number of young players last season after head coach Nathan Brown suffered injury problems in several positions and Roby believes the club will benefit from 2013's challenges.

"I think we can look forward to next season with a little excitement," he added. "The club's worked very hard to build a squad over the last couple of years, and to give young players a chance. And I really think that policy can pay dividends in 2014."

Meanwhile, Saints are available at 6.11 to win the Challenge Cup next season.

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