Following the announcement of his appointment as Club Captain, St.Helens R.F.C. is thrilled to announce that Jonny Lomax has signed a two-year contract extension, keeping him in the Red V until at least the end of the 2026 season!
The England & Great Britain international is a proud graduate of the St.Helens’ youth system having first joined the Club at the age of 11. After progressing and developing through our world-renowned Saints Academy, he made his First Team debut in 2009 and has remained a one-club man.
Every single match of his 326 club career appearances has been for the Red V over the past 15 seasons, with season 16 coming this year, with a further two more now confirmed.
A star half-back, Lomax is one of Betfred Super League’s best players, with the Saints’ #6 boasting one of the most successful, trophy-laden rugby league CVs in the northern hemisphere, with most of his silverware recorded in recent years.
Highly consistent, Lomax has been an integral part of St.Helens winning five Super League trophies and four League Leaders’ Shields, he also played in the Saints’ four Grand Final victories in a row – winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy in the 2022 showpiece event.
Furthermore, our new captain has won the Challenge Cup and World Club Challenge trophies in 2021 and 2023 respectively, and has been named on three occasions in Super League’s annual Dream Team selection.
JONNY’S JOURNEY TO CAPTAIN, IN HIS OWN WORDS.
In a personal message directly to every supporter Jonny Lomax discusses; his journey to being named Saints’ captain and talks about extending his stay at the Club until the end of 2026.
Speaking about the news, Jonny Lomax told saintsrlfc.com: “It’s a no-brainer for me, the Club means an awful lot to me and I’m proud to represent it. It was a dream come true because all I wanted to do was play for Saints when I was a kid, and I’ve achieved another dream in my career with the captaincy. Having that opportunity to be captain, potentially over the next three years, is something that I’m very proud of, and something that I hope to do justice as well.”
Lomax has been involved in Grand Finals, World Club Challenges, and Challenge Cup Finals, and he is hungry to be the man leading the side out on those large stages as St.Helens goes for more trophies.
Another aim of the England international is to continue building a strong environment for our next generation of Saints to develop and thrive in.
“I’d love to walk out the team on a special occasion, walking out the team at any time is special, but in the last few years in finals what James [Roby] has got to do over the last few years in finals must be a fantastic feeling. That’s what we want to do.
“We want to instil good habits, good processes, and a good culture into the Club. You want to help the next group [Academy graduates & players] grow, learn, and evolve moving forward. I suppose in some ways you become a bit of a teacher as well, that can be off and on the field. You want to have an everlasting effect on some of the people that hopefully will be here for a long time after I’m gone as well.”
In closing Lomax reaffirmed his passion and love for St.Helens Rugby Football Club, and urged our faithful fans to keep bringing their loyal and outstanding support for the team.
“Thank you for all the support that you’ve given me. I think it’s important sometimes for fans to realise that for all of us homegrown players, we were fans first. We work hard but we’re in some ways fortunate to take the field and wear that Red V. Every time we wear that Red V as a player, particularly when we were supporters originally, you know we do that with great pride.
“We want to make you all proud as well. We want to have good times and be together as one, our whole community, the team, and the Club, because we all want the same goal. We all want to be involved in winning silverware. I believe that we can all help each other in that regard.
“Get behind us and get excited. Thank you from me, but also as a team, we’ll do everything we can to try and bring back silverware to the town.”
Head Coach Paul Wellens spoke about Lomax’s news adding: “I am delighted that Jonny has opted to extend his stay with the club until the end of 2026.
“It goes without saying that Jonny has been and is still very much an integral part of the team, his professionalism and diligence is second to none and the fact he has achieved great success over a prolonged period of time is clear evidence of this.
“The Club prides itself on retaining our best homegrown players and in committing his future to Saints it’s clear to see that despite achieving so much in the game Jonny retains the determination and drive to help the team to further success.”