St Helens’ James Roby on whether he could play beyond 2023 and Kristian Woolf’s impact

James Roby further cemented his place in Super League history last night.

He not only equalled Jamie Peacock’s record of Grand Final appearances with his 11th appearance in finals winning his sixth which is the joint fourth most in Super League history after Jamie Peacock (9), Danny McGuire (8), Rob Burrow (8), Kevin Sinfield (7), Jamie Jones-Buchanan (7) and Carl Ablett (7).

He also became the first skipper to lift the Super League trophy in four consecutive finals as the Saints stamp their authority all over modern Super League.

It was believed that if Saints won this year’s Grand Final that it would be a farewell to Roby after he announced it would be his last year however he made the decision to go around again in 2023.

However, it doesn’t sound like he will be tempted to go around again beyond next year.

When asked about this he said: “We’ll have to see won’t we. I’ll be pushing 38 by the end of next year so it probably will be time.”

Roby was also keen to praise departing coach Kristian Woolf who became the first coach in Super League history to win three consecutive Grand Finals making him the second most successful coach in Super League history.

Roby said: “I think it’s fitting, he’s come in and the success speaks for itself. He’s taken us to another level. It was only fitting that we try and sent him out in the best possible fashion. It’s sad to see him go but he goes with our best wishes.”

So Woolf had the perfect send off but will Roby in 2023?

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