|Full name||Jonathan Lomax|
4 September 1990 |
Wigan, Greater Manchester, England
|Height||176 cm (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (13 st 12 lb)|
|As of 18 May 2014|
|Source: St Helens profile|
Jonathan "Jonny" Lomax (born 4 September 1990) is an English professional rugby league footballer for St Helens of Super League. A versatile player, Lomax is primarily a stand-off half but is equally as comfortable at scrum-half, but featured more regularly on the wing in the early stages of his professional career. He signed for Saints from amateur club Orrell St James in 2007. In 2009 - his first season with the St Helens first team - he was handed the number 30 jersey, and made eight appearances, scoring three tries. In 2010, he was handed the number 24 jersey and in 2011, the number 20 jersey. Lomax has impressed at scrum-half with his committed displays and following the departure of Kyle Eastmond to Bath rugby union, wears the number 7 jersey in the 2012 season. Possessing an excellent combination of speed, footwork and skill he has proved to be a key attacking threat for the club. His ability in defense is also a notable attribute.
Born in Higher End, in the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester on 4 September 1990, Lomax played as a junior for Orrell St James, where he captained the side for some years, playing in his preferred stand-off position. He attended Rainford High Technology College in St Helens during his high school years. Since his youth, Lomax has been synonymous with a protective headgear that he still wears in his professional career after an accident during a school game. He was injured quite seriously in a Year 9 Powergen Cup (Schools National Cup) quarter-final, whereby he and an opposing player were both knocked unconscious in a collision. After regaining consciousness, he began vomiting and he was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure. However, the pain that Lomax was going through got gradually worse and he was rushed to hospital. He had to undergo emergency open skull surgery in order to relieve the pressure on his brain. The head protection was then adorned as a message to other youth players of the dangers of the game, and it remains with him in his professional career. His story made BARLA make headguards compulsory between the age of six to sixteen (junior years). After this accident, Lomax continued his amateur career with Orrell and signed for St Helens professionally as a sixteen-year-old in 2006, after being on their books as a scholarship player previously.
Début season (2009)
Lomax made his first-team début for St. Helens in 2009's Super League XIV game against Wakefield Trinity in 2009, where he helped them to an easy 42-18 win. Since his début, he played and scored in the 66-6 Challenge Cup victory over Gateshead again playing on the wing in a man-of-the-match performance. He notched his first try of his Super League career in a 30-6 win over Hull whilst playing on the right-flank in June. He took his try tally to three in four games for the Saints against Castleford where he was again named man-of-the-match in a 50-10 win. After a spell of reserve grade football, he played in the 40-26 victory against Warrington where he came off the bench to play in a dummy-half role. He featured; albeit in a brief spell, for a second time in the season against Wakefield Trinity in a shock 22-20 loss. He was injured during this match a was put out of action for between 6 weeks. On his return from that ankle injury, he played in a left centre role in a 12-10 success over Huddersfield. He once again featured at full-back in the 24-12 end-of-regular-season loss to Catalans Dragons where he kicked two goals from as many attempts. Lomax did not feature in the end-of-season play-offs culminating in a third Grand Final loss to Leeds, but the signs were there for the player that he could, one day, attain great things in a number of positions in the St Helens side.
Lomax's opportunities in the first team continued in 2010, with his first game of the season coming in a 38-6 win at Bradford in round 2 of 2010's Super League XV, where he featured on the right wing in place of the injured Ade Gardner. It was this Gardner injury that meant Lomax notched his maiden brace of tries in first-grade football, when he scored twice in a 42-12 win at Catalans Dragons. Lomax's form was looking threatening in this spell, and he took his tally to three in four games with a score in the 22-16 home win against Wakefield Trinity in the round 4 game. However, in the round 5 defeat by Hull Kingston Rovers, not only did Lomax's run of tries end, but his in the first team ended with a shoulder injury that meant he missed 6 weeks of action, which was ironically subsided by Gardners' return from his particular injury. On return, he played wing in a 42-34 loss away to Salford, and fullback, in a 68-12 win over Rovers, scoring one try and kicking three goals. His first appearance in the 2010 Challenge Cup came in the quarter-final 32-12 win over Barrow, where Lomax continued his try-scoring form and run as chief goal kicker with one try and three goals from five attempts. He shifted back to wing for a 27-26 loss at Hull, where Lomax kicked three out of five again. He missed the next two due to injury, but kicked nine out of ten in a return at home to Salford, where he was on the winning side in a 58-34 success, and scored one try and kicked four goals in a 28-24 loss to Leeds. He kicked two form four in a 20-30 loss to Catalans Dragons, and four from six in a 32-18 win over Harlequins the week later.
(For 2014 Super League season highlights, stats and results click on 2014 Super League season results)
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