Jonny Lomax has perhaps been Super League’s best player since 2018 but has rarely been recognised as such.
He’s never won the Man of Steel despite being the focal point of St Helens’ unprecedented dominance in Super League, he hadn’t won the Harry Sunderland Award until Saints beat Leeds last Saturday to make it four Grand Final wins in a row.
It was a superb performance to cap off a great season for Lomax who created the opening try of the Grand Final for teammate Matty Lees as he bossed the game from start to finish.
Lomax has again been the beating heart of the Saints’ charge this season but for the most part has been overlooked. He missed out on the Dream Team with teammate Jack Welsby selected ahead of him. Welsby was also nominated for the Man of Steel and won the Young Player of the Year award.
Welsby, certainly a future Man of Steel, deserves credit for sure but so does Lomax especially as he spent most of the season managing a bicep injury to keep the Saints going in the absence of halfback partner Lewis Dodd.
Well, Lomax certainly has been given that credit now after picking up the Harry Sunderland Award.
Last night, the Saints stand-off was awarded three separate awards during the club’s award night.
He was given the Players’ Player of the Year and the Player of the Year whilst also claiming the try of the year for the winner he scored against Wigan at the Magic Weekend.
Joe Batchelor created that try and picked up two awards himself with the Fans’ Player of the Year as well as The Saints Award for impressing with those extras one percents.
Unsurprisingly, Jack Welsby was crowned the Young Player of the Year.