Roby will finish his career at Saints after signing a new five-year contract

St Helens Star: James Roby James Roby

SAINTS and England hooker James Roby has signed a new five-year contract with his home town club, thereby effectively committing the remainder of his playing career to the Saints.

Roby had an outstanding World Cup for England and earned the praise of Kangaroos boss Tim Sheens who said that the number nine would go well in the NRL.

The former Blackbrook junior, who is currently enjoying his testimonial year, had already turned down an offer from Parramatta.

Roby said: "It's great to commit to a long term deal with St Helens. I signed with them immediately after school and am now entering my testimonial season. It is more than fulfilling to spend my entire career with such a great club."

Club Chairman, Eamonn McManus added: "This is a huge and timely boost both for the Club and, just as importantly, for Super League. Understandably, as one of the best hookers in the world, James attracted considerable interest from the NRL but ultimately showed continued loyalty to St.Helens and to the English game.

It is now his testimonial year so I would hope that our fans and rugby league fans generally, show their support for his testimonial game and events in recognition of his continued loyalty and commitment to our club and to our league.

He has been St Helens' stand out performer for the last decade and is one of English Rugby League's national treasures - it's more than gratifying to know that he has committed long term to us and that we can continue to build the next generation of Saints players around him."

Roby, 28, made his debut for the Club back in 2004 and has since made 280 appearances for Saints, scoring 73 tries. He was voted as the Super League Man of Steel in 2007 and was won International honours with both Great Britain and England.

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