Lomax wins young player honour

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JONNY Lomax was named engage Super League Young Player of the Year at the Man of Steel awards night in Manchester on Monday.

The 21-year-old scrum-half has come of age in every respect this season, and was recently promoted to England’s elite training squad by head coach Steve McNamara.

Lomax beat off competition from team-mate Jamie Foster, and Josh Charnley of Wigan Warriors, to claim the accolade.

But club colleague James Roby narrowly failed to make it a Saints double, when he and Wigan’s Sam Tomkins were pipped at the post for the coveted Man of Steel award – the highest individual honour in the sport.

It went to Castleford Tigers’ 25-year-old stand-off Rangi Chase – only the second New Zealander to be named Man of Steel.

The other was Dean Bell, deemed to be the player who had made the biggest impact on the 1992 season.

Chase was an outstanding figure in the Cas side during the past seasonm and lifted the award following a secret ballot of every Super League player.

Former Saints scrum-half Sean Long was also presented with an Outstanding Contribution Award to mark his long service to the competition.