Sheffield news St Helens legend James Roby may play on after retirement decision dilemma PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - The St Helens hooker is yet to decide whether he will call time on his career
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! St Helens captain James Roby today said he expects to make a decision about whether he will retire or continue playing in 2023 within the next “couple of weeks”. The evergreen hooker, 36, is expected to hang up his boots at the end of the current campaign, bringing down the curtain on a remarkable 19 seasons in Super League. Roby made his debut for his hometown club in March 2004 against Widnes Vikings and has gone to achieve greatness in the Red Vee, captaining Saints to three Grand Final wins in the past three seasons and five in total during a glorious career. He said today that he is still weighing up whether or not he will call it quits later this year, saying: “It’s a question that people keep asking me, but I’ve not really got a set answer to be honest. There is still always a part of me that will never switch off and will always want to carry on. READ MORE: John Bateman shuts down George Williams as he launches defence of England teammate “There are pros and cons for both to be honest, but I’m aware and the club is aware that the decision needs to be made pretty soon. I’m sure something will maybe get sorted out pretty quick. “It’s a decision that I need to make myself because I’ve had enough time to think about it and should have made my mind up by now. But to be honest I keep erring and I think the decision will have to be made in the next couple of weeks – for everybody’s sake. The decision will be made and we will move on from there.
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. Roby presented Wane’s players with their England jerseys before last weekend’s mid-season international against the Combined Nations All Stars. He insisted: “I’ve not had any dialogue with Shaun Wane or anyone at England. As far as I’m concerned, I’m retired from international [rugby league] and am just concentrating on playing for St Helens. “I know most of the lads and staff but it was a bit strange going back there as I’m not part of it any more. It was good to mix with lads again who I had been on tour with and played at the 2017 World Cup with.” Roby recently made his record-breaking 455th Super League appearance, scoring a try in the 26-18 home win over Hull Kingston Rovers on June 12. It saw him surpass legendary former Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield to stand alone as the most enduring player in the competition’s history. Roby added: “I’m half-glad that it’s out of the way now and I can focus on the rest of the season with Saints now.”
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