SAINTS skipper James Roby says that is in everyone’s best interests that he decides on his future in the “next couple of weeks”.

The 36-year-old veteran, who broke the Super League appearance record a week ago, initially indicated that the 2022 campaign would be his last when he signed a 12-month deal last year.

However, his performances have continued to defy his age – and last time out he produced another 80-minute display marked with a try and couple of critical defensive plays.

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He has had months to mull over whether this September will be the finishing line for a playing career that started on the fields of Boardmans Lane and has taken him to Wembley, Old Trafford, Lang Park and the Sydney Football Stadium.

With his performances still ranked as regular 9/10s, Roby does not look like a player whose body – on the face of it – is telling him to call it a day.

Roby said: “I know it is a question people keep asking me and I have not got a set answer.

“There is still always a part of me that will not want to switch off and always want to carry on.

“And part of me that asks if it is common sense to retire now.

“There are pros and cons for both but I am aware – and club is too – that that decision needs to be made pretty soon.

“I am sure something will get sorted out pretty quickly – but it is a decision I need to make myself.

“I have had enough time and you think I’d have made my mind up by now.

“It has to be made in the next couple of weeks for everybody’s sake.

“The decision will be made and we will move on from there.”