He is one of the most championed Super League stars to ever take to the field, but James Roby is now in the twilight of his career.
St Helens are already planning for life after the 18-year Saints hero, bringing in hooker Joey Lussick – who already has Super League experience with the Salford Red Devils.
Regardless of that transfer, Roby is still expected to play a major part in Kristian Woolf’s third year at the club.
They just don’t make them like the 36-year-old anymore, with over 500 career appearances to his name all for St Helens and England or Great Britain.
Add into that his incredible trophy cabinet at the Lancashire club and the man will go down forever in history at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
Grand Final victories in 2006, 2014, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and Challenge Cup triumphs in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2021 make him one of the most decorated players in Super League history.
Individually, he has been named to the Super League Dream Team on five occasions, won the 2014 and 2020 Harry Sunderland Trophy, and was the 2007 Man of Steel, and he spoke to Saints TV about what is expected to be his last season in the Red Vee.
“It’s been good to have some down time, I’ve enjoyed the time relaxing with my kids,” Roby said.
“I’d like to think I take it in more (after being asked if it’s his last) so you’ve got to savour it for what it is and appreciate what it’s there to do for us players.
“I’ve got to enjoy it and that’s the main thing.
“It’s great to see all the lads again and the camaraderie within the squad is still there.”