My best is yet to come, says Roberts
PAUL ROBERTS believes Plymouth Albion supporters have not yet seen the best of him.
The England Students fly-half moved to Brickfields on loan from Bath at Christmas.
He was Peter Drewett's only signing during his six weeks as Albion's director of rugby.
Roberts made his debut in Albion's holiday fixture against the Cornish Pirates at Mennaye Field – just a week before Drewett left – and went on to start of the club's remaining Championship fixtures.
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In the summer Roberts decided to join Albion permanently after being released by Bath.
And the 21-year-old is looking forward to a big year now that he is fully focusing on rugby after graduating from university in the summer and moving down to Plymouth to live.
"I didn't feel I could give my absolute best to Albion last season because I was at university and it was very tiring travelling down from Bath all the time," he admitted.
"Often I would not get the required amount of sleep because I was working to quite late.
"Another thing that was tough playing 10 was that there was lots of changes of structures and stuff (due to the coaching shake-ups). "
He added: "It has been good to have had a full pre-season and not had all the travelling and working late.
"I've been able to get my sleep in and I'm here all the time, so if I need to have chats with the guys about certain plays then I can have them. Last season it was a case of trying to cram things in before a game."
Roberts feels not having to combine his rugby with studying for a degree will make a big difference.
"I have that (the degree) in the locker now," he said. "So this year is a big year for my, focusing on the rugby with Plymouth.
"And I can't wait for the season to start.
"We started pre-season so early. But the last few weeks everyone has been itching for the season to start and get on with the real games."
Despite all the problems at Brickfields last term, Roberts jumped at the chance to sign for the club in the summer.
He insisted it was an easy decision.
"When I came down at first (in mid-December) the club was in a bit of a mess with all the coaching changes and stuff, but when I started listening to all the ideas that Nat and Jimbo (James Owen) had, you could tell they were not lying.
"They had big plans, so it was not a hard decision as there was a bunch of boys and coaches I wanted to be involved with.
"I just enjoyed being down here. Straight away I was accepted in and even given a reasonable amount of responsibility, which is what I enjoy.
"I enjoy responsibility and decision making."
He added: "You want to be at a club that is building and going forward. Then maybe you can look back and say you helped out a club and they benefitted from you being there.
"I just thought it was a great opportunity more than anything else."
Roberts looks set to be handed the responsibility of trying to fill James Love's goalkicking boots.
Love, who has moved on to London Scottish, scored more than half of Albion's league points last season and finished the campaign with an impressive total of 247 despite the club finishing second-from-bottom.
But Roberts is happy to take on the role.
"If I am kicking well I enjoy it," he laughed.
"I have that responsibility and as I said I enjoy having that.
"It is my responsibility to kick the shots at goal that often the forwards or other players have earned.
"I just need to keep the scoreboard ticking along and keep us moving and get us on top."
He added: "But I am not too worried about the points, to be honest. It's more about the team. I will be happier if I have missed four and won the game than if I have hit every kick and we have lost the game.
"It would be great to look back on a season where I have helped the club step up and be in a position where they should be."