Roby ready for new role
Hooker James Roby knows Keiron Cunningham's retirement will give him the chance to become more than just a super sub.
Last Updated: 27/01/11 12:45pm
James Roby admits he's "definitely got a lot to learn" as he attempts to fill the sizeable void left at St Helens by Keiron Cunningham's retirement.
Cunningham hung up his boots after October's Grand Final loss to Wigan having played in all 15 seasons of Super League.
Saints were fortunate that they didn't have to go out to find a new man for the number nine shirt, with Roby - the 2007 Man of Steel - already in their ranks.
The England international acknowledges that it will be a different experience starting in matches having made 131 of his 203 appearances for the club from the bench.
"It's obviously going to be different, being handed the number nine shirt and starting games, and I'm really looking forward to it," he said.
"There will be added responsibility following a player like Keiron, who is obviously a legend in the game, and I suppose people are always going to compare me and Keiron but I'll be just concentrating on playing my own game.
"If I can do that, hopefully I will go okay. Starting games this year should help me improve. I've definitely got a lot to learn."
Roby, though, is not the only option available to new Saints coach Royce Simmons.
Scott Moore is an England international himself and having spent last season playing in a number of different roles, he is looking forward to establishing himself again in his preferred position.
The 23-year-old hooker, who rejoined St Helens a year ago after loan spells at Castleford and Huddersfield, endured a tough a season last year and missed out on playing against the Warriors at Old Trafford.
"I didn't get picked for one match and then I broke my hand the week after in training," he said.
"It was a tough year for me, playing in numerous positions I hadn't played before, but I knew full well I wouldn't play as many games as I wanted because of Keiron and James. It was my decision to come back and I don't regret last year.
"It feels like I've been around longer than a conker tree but I turned 23 the other day so I'm still pretty young."