JONNY Lomax surveyed Saints’ near 18,000 capacity new state-of-the-art stadium and declared: “It looks amazing, and I can’t wait to play in it.”
Speaking shortly after putting pen to paper on a new four-year deal, scrum-half Lomax said: “Just walking around the ground fills me with a great deal of excitement, and I’m sure all our players feel the same.
“There is also a buzz around the town, as fans look forward to what will be an historic season, in which we can create an atmosphere just as intimidating as it was at Knowsley Road.”
He added: “I was lucky to play at the old ground, where the fans were breathing down your neck, and I’m sure Langtree Park will generate the same kind of environment.
“The pitch is also a little wider than Knowsley Road, and I am sure it will suit many of our players who like to play one-on-ones, as well as spreading the ball wide.”
Lomax, 21, was forced to pull out of the end-of-season Four Nations tournament, after suffering an ankle injury, during a season he was elevated to the international squad. The scrum-half said: “To be honest, at the beginning of the year I never thought I would break into the England team, but after doing so, I was gutted at not being able to pit my wits against Australia, New Zealand, and Wales.
“But after overcoming my injury I have been able to return to training ahead of the England players, instead of facing another few weeks of boredom at home.”
Lomax will be donning the famous No.7 Saints’ shirt, which in the past has been worn with distinction by the likes of Alex Murphy, Neil Holding, Bobbie Goulding and Sean Long.
“Knowing who has pulled on the shirt in the past puts me under pressure, I suppose, but I am really looking forward to the challenges ahead and already eagerly anticipating our opening home fixture against Salford City Reds on Friday, February 10, which I’m sure will be a memorable occasion.”
The thoughts of every Saints’ player and their thousands of fans.