Jonny Lomax is Saints' Player of the Month for April after a string of impressive performances which included three tries and four try assists as well as six Betfred Man of Steel points.
Lomax has scored nine tries in just 12 appearances for Saints this season and has recorded a total of 14 try assists, whilst his defensive displays have also earnt him praise from Head Coach Justin Holbrook.
His performance in the 62-16 win over Hull FC was a stand-out one after scoring two tries, assisting three as well as making 16 tackle busts and four clean breaks which resulted in him picking up three points in the Betfred Man of Steel standings.
Lomax also picked up three more Man of Steel points in the win over rivals Warrington Wolves after scoring a try and assisting another whilst he laid on two more tries in the Good Friday Derby win over Wigan Warriors.
Upon receiving the Player of the Month award at this morning’s Stapleton Derby sponsored event from Business Development Executive Angela Woodward of St.Helens College, Jonny said of his form:
“Things have been going pretty well. It has been made a lot easier with the way that the team has been going. It is nice to get personal accolades, but everything we do at Saints is based on the team. That is what we have done and everyone is working hard and doing their own job. Off the back of that, your wingers and your half-backs get the credit.”
Lomax has impressed in the halves this season and he admits he is enjoying the increased responsibility.
“There is a bit more responsibility in the halves, but it is something that I enjoy and it is easy to capitalise on that responsibility with the way the team is going. We have harped on about having all the talent in the world, but if you aren’t prepared to work as hard as the other team then you are going to struggle and that is something that we have based our performances on.
“For anyone that has watched the football recently, you will see that the teams that work harder generally gets the result. The talent helps, but hard work is something we have focussed on and doing the minor details well and it is paying off.”
Lomax went on to give the 100 plus audience an insight into the trick behind his impressive performances, admitting that he has taken up two new forms of relaxation and fitness which he is reaping the rewards from.
“Bizarrely I have taken up pilates, continued Jonny. “Ryan Giggs played until he is 40 so it must work! I am seeing the benefits and I am also meditating as well and I am seeing the benefits of that too. I am a firm believer that if your head is in the right place you will go into the games in the right place and be able to perform.”
Next up for Lomax and Saints is a trip to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday in the Coral Challenge Cup and like Head Coach Justin Holbrook, Lomax is relishing the challenge of a different competition.
“It is something we have been looking forward to after a bit of a wake up call last week. I know we won [against Hull KR], but we were probably a bit off so this gives us a chance to roll into this week and have a different stimulus to look forward to and it is something that I am relishing because it is one month on and one month off and for some teams it is a fresh start.
“Catalans showed last season what can be done. They didn’t go particularly well in the league, but targeted one game every four weeks in the cup and it is a different competition. It does have a different feel to it and it is something that we have to rise too.”
Lomax has spent 10 years at Saints and is currently in his testimonial year and after a successful golf day at Houghwood Golf Club, there are still has a number of other testimonial events you could get involved with.