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St Helens chairman gives update on James Roby’s future and explains Joey Lussick transfer

When James Roby announced he was going round for one more year, a number of St Helens fans believed that he could much more than that.

Despite being 35 years of age (36 in November) Roby is still very much at the top of his game, and, with the hooker declaring he will not take part in the 2022 World Cup, his freshness and concentration will very much continue on deep into next season.

That is perhaps why Saints chairman Eamonn McManus has outlined that Roby will be playing less minutes in order to get more bang for his buck.

“That’s what he says at the moment (that Roby will only play one more year) so let’s make the most of it this year – let’s not look too far ahead,” McManus told Saints TV podcast.

“We’ve brought in Joey Lussick to play with him next season, so Robes (Roby) can play fewer minutes and we can rotate a little bit more effective than we have been able to.”

McManus was, however, keen to stress that Saints will adapt whenever the veteran hooker decides to hang up his boots for good.

“You’ve got to realise that you’re probably never going to get someone quite as  good.

“But, what you can do is put the best team together as possible.”

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