Lomax Eyes Centre Spot

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  1. TomRedVRiver

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    Lomax eyes centre spot at Dragons
    Fri 10 Nov, 2017, 12:00pm
    By Alicia Newton‌, National Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com


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    Dragons coach Paul McGregor with his new recruit Zac Lomax at pre-season training. Copyright: Dragons Media.
    St George Illawarra Dragons rookie Zac Lomax has traded the school books for a full-time rugby league contract and is eyeing a chance to take the spot in the backline created by the departure of Josh Dugan.

    With NSW and Australian representative Dugan now a Cronulla player and Taane Milne having departed for the Wests Tigers, the Dragons’ centre stocks have taken a hit with Lomax and utility Kurt Mann moving up the pecking order.

    Rather than chase replacements for the departing backline duo, the club beefed up the pack by signing Englishman James Graham and recruited a halves partner for Gareth Widdop in the shape of Australian World Cup representative Ben Hunt.

    Regular first-graders Euan Aitken and Tim Lafai are expected to be first options in the centres for coach Paul McGregor, but injury or poor form could provide Lomax with an early opportunity.

    “It gave me confidence the club didn’t sign anyone to replace those boys, but at the same time it’s still a long way away,” Lomax told NRL.com.

    “It’s a good position to be in. It just depends in the top squad with what depth they’ve got in each position.

    “I’m lucky that I can play in the centres, at fullback, or even on the wing. I’ve just got to take small steps at a time and try to improve every day.”

    Lomax had a stellar 2017 season, named NSW under-18s player of the year and selected to captain the Australian Schoolboys side that beat New Zealand 26-18 in September.

    But a spot in McGregor’s top squad for the first time has Lomax feeling like he’s starting again.

    “I definitely see myself as a development player and still have a lot to learn as a person and athlete,” Lomax said.

    “There are players in front of me - Matt Dufty, Tim Lafai, Euan [Aitken], Gypsy [Jason Nightingale], Nene [MacDonald] – I just love being around those guys and I’m just trying to soak up as much as I can.

    “It’s been unreal, obviously nerve-wracking going straight into pre-season. The first day was tough, we did a few tests but it was good meeting all the older boys and seeing some of my mates around my age.

    “I’ve learnt a fair bit off those older players already and they’ve welcomed me with both arms.”

    The off-season has been anything but relaxing for the 18-year-old. He sat for NSW’s Higher School Certificate exams before jumping straight into training.

    He’s also faced the task of living with brother Hayden after the rest of his family moved back to his home town Temora.

    “We found it tough – the cleaning and cooking was the worst part,” Lomax said.

    “You wish you had your parents and miss them a fair bit.

    “I was happy with how I went [with my studies] but footy is a priority now.

    “I’m studying a PT (personal training) course so I’ll tick that over slowly but am in no rush. Coming straight from school into training has been easy to transition over so far.”
     
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    “I definitely see myself as a development player and still have a lot to learn as a person and athlete,” Lomax said.

    “There are players in front of me - Matt Dufty, Tim Lafai, Euan [Aitken], Gypsy [Jason Nightingale], Nene [MacDonald] – I just love being around those guys and I’m just trying to soak up as much as I can.

    These couple of lines speaks volumes for me. Such maturity for an 18 year old kid making his way into grade. There's no overconfidence or impatience there. He knows that he still has a way to go and he's not trying to rush into the first grade side. Too often do I see kids trying to break their contract for a first grade gig at the age of 18/19/20.
     
  3. mighty red and whites

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    Gun.. Barring injury hes a ten year first grade player and will play all rep footy...
     
  4. dragonssamy61

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    Spot on tom
    He is a repectfull kid.
    I don't want to put pressure on him but I think he could be great club centre like matt cooper.
    But can kick as well.
    If he keeps his head he can be anything.
     
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    “Yes I know you’re already bigger than me but just pass the ball to Nighty or Nene mate, Do Not Run the f**king ball on the kick returns, you’ll give the fans a f**king fright mate, trust me I know mate”
     
  6. Life's Good

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    For our juniors I rely on a few posters here to update me. From that I have gathered Lomax is one to keep an eye on. From the sounds of this interview he seems like a level headed kid, ready to work hard for his chance. Good luck to him.
     
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    Haha, If this wasn't so real one would think it was a joke. Unfortunately it isn't.
     
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    Im happy for him to bide his time but and if our centers are not performing , I hope he does not have to wait till its end of season . Mary tends to stick with players week in and week out , whether they are player good or bad .
     
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    Field, Dufty and Lomax. That’s a fair trio of young backs ready to step up for a side crying out for speed.

    Mary, please don’t screw this up.
     
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    Spot on ....
     
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    Speed speed and more speed .......
     
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    If he hasn’t learnt that by now then there is no hope.
     
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    Its a big If , IMO it will remain the same ...
     
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    No it won’t. My therapist says think positive......
     
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    I'd throw Garrick in there for speedy players, and both he and Lomax have the size to be confortable in first grade. Also, Herbert has some toe.

    Still, chances are we'll start with the slowest backs going around...
     
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    Geez, already bigger than Mary and looks like he has the body to cope with NRL ( probably not every game though ). Hope he doesn't get too big ! Hope Dufty's & Field's bodies bulk up in the off season as it will help them & us enormously.
     
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    Bit worried about that to.
    We put way too many kegs on Duges imo. Whether or not that was to try and make him a little more robust and hardy, I don't know. Do know he had lost that ability to find that extra gear to score those long range try's or LB's he did at Canberra though.
     
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  18. Old Timer

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    Didn't we hear this type of news last year with Dufty and Field?
    Time to settle down and remember what the club says in press announcement's and what then actually happens in reality.
    If Mann is struggling to get a spot then all the others will be treading water for a fair while.
    Some good posts re body size etc and IMO we are far to obsessed with bulking people up and not letting natural ability be the key factor.
    Mundine and Blacklock were both paperweights and I'm positive that neither would have been nearly as brilliant if they had of had an extra 10kgs.
     
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    Is that you dino
     
  20. Life's Good

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    I’m in agreement here and it adds to what @hazzbeen mentioned. He has to get a run first which involves rotation, good bench selection etc. which isn’t exactly a hallmark of our coach. I want to be positive regarding our juniors because it looks like we have upside as long as they get a run and not dwindle away.
     
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