St Helens boss Kristian Woolf gives hint on James Roby future

James Roby is arguably one of Super League’s greatest ever players.

Up there as St Helens’ greatest in the summer era, the hooker has made a name for himself as the toughest and most durable number 9s in the game.

With his contract running out at the end of the 2022 Super League season, however, much has been made about whether Roby will go round again or if he will finally hang up his boots.

The 36-year-old has made over 500 career appearances, and Saints head coach Kristian Woolf believes Roby’s future lies entirely in the hooker’s hands.

“What he decides to do next year is completely up to him,” Woolf told Saints TV.

“His footy means he deserves the right to make the decision that suits him and he will do that in due course.”

Woolf also believes that Roby’s current form would undoubtedly be welcome at the club in 2023 and beyond.

“I’ve got no doubt with how he is playing, the energy and effort he is plying with that he can have a real influence this year as well as next year but he’s got to want to do that.”

And, with¬†Rugby League Live last week revealing a document of off-contract Super League stars, Roby was listed as ‘retiring’, suggesting that 2022 is indeed the great’s last year in the game.

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