Saints extend Roby's stay into 16th season

St Helens have taken up the option on James Roby's contract for 2019, which will extend his stay at the club into a 16th season.

The captain has racked up 409 appearances for Saints since making his debut in 2004, and has won two Super League titles and the Challenge Cup three times.

Roby, who has 42 international appearances across selections with England and Great Britain, was also named Man of Steel in 2007, and head coach Justin Holbrook said it was a no-brainer to extend the 32-year-old's stay.

"This was a very easy decision to make," Holbrook told the club's official website. 

"As captain, James is a leader within the group and quite simply one of the best players in Super League.

"He is an integral part of the club and the town. His experience, professionalism and leadership are second to none as are the standards he sets week in week out.

"I can see him playing for a couple more years yet."

Roby added: "I'm really happy to stay at my hometown club. Although there is a long way to go this season, everything is going well and I'm looking forward to the rest of the year and next.

"I'm proud to have played at the Saints my whole career and I'm really looking forward to the future."

Saints are top of Super League this season with 22 points from 13 matches and will look to rack up another win at home to Catalans Dragons on Thursday.

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