James Roby has made more appearances than anyone else in Super League history and the St Helens skipper has one more season to go as he looks to lift a fifth consecutive Super League title.
He returned to training this week under new boss and former teammate Paul Wellens and opened up on Saints TV over what his break has been like.
“Had a nice break, everyone has the chance to go away and all that and have some time off and down tools.
“It’s nice you can have a bit of a rest, I’ve enjoyed my time off but now I’m back to it.”
He also said he has enjoyed meeting the new lads which includes Barrow Raiders signing Tee Ritson: “Getting to meet the new lads and ticking a few boxes but I’m sure it’ll get harder.”
He even had a say on St Helens’ new away kit which goes with a retro away kit aesthetic of light and dark blue: “The colours are nice, it’s good gear, nice to get a good bag of kit.”
But the big topic was of course the World Club Challenge which will see Roby lead his St Helens side out to take on NRL Champions Penrith Panthers.
Roby underlined the exciting opportunity but also what the Saints have achieved already: “Yeah definitely a great opportunity. The first time when I heard rumours that it might go ahead, kind of get excited with the team we’ve got and what we’ve done over the last couple of years, we’re building something and we want to keep that going.
“We knows what works for us but the opportunity to go and play Penrith in their own back yard, great atmosphere and a great test.
“I think all the lads are looking forward to it but we know there’s a lot of work before that.”
Hear from the 🐐 James Roby as he returns to preseason training to discuss the break, getting back to training and the World Club Challenge 🏆
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