JONNY Lomax admits this will be his biggest season to date as he officially takes over the fullback role at the club.
Since making his debut at Wakefield Wildcats in 2009, the 23-year-old has gone on to appear 101 times for the Saints.
But he says this season has extra added pressure because of his new position.
“It’s a big year for me,” he said. “I’ve had a full pre-season at fullback which I didn’t really have last year. I’ve been enjoying it, especially the freedom on the pitch. It is a lot of running but you get used to that eventually.
“It was a bit weird getting the number one spot at first; I was made up, but a little taken back too. It’s daunting to be following in the footsteps of Paul Wellens but he has given me his blessing which has helped. That gave me a lot of confidence in the position.
“To learn from the club legend is a great place to be. He gives me little pointers and they are useful as they generally make the big difference in the big games.
“It’s also important I stay injury free. It was frustrating being out at times last year so I have to keep working hard.”
“We want to start the season well and put a marker down but it is a long season with the way the playoffs work,” Jonny continued. “Losing by a point at Leeds was gutting but it gave us a lot of confidence heading into this season.
“We have improved the squad since then and the young lads are fighting for a spot. They have gone well in pre-season and aren’t just there in case of injuries anymore. It’s going to be a good year.”