Wellens backs Lomax at No1

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Paul Wellens has backed Jonny Lomax as the ideal successor to take over his mantle as the wearer of Saints’ coveted number one shirt.

Club skipper Wellens wore the jersey with distinction for more than a decade but has been handed the number 17 shirt by coach Nathan Brown for the new season.

But the 33-year-old insists he holds no grudges about the decision and, typically, is looking for the positives.

“If I was going to pass that shirt to anyone, I’d like it to be someone like him,” said Wellens.

“He is a good, hard-working young lad who has come through the system and has the club very much at heart.”

Wellens, who has played for his hometown club throughout his illustrious career, believes he still has a key role to play next season.

“I wore the number 17 shirt in 2000 so if it was good for me then, it is certainly good for me now,” he said.

“I have had numerous conversations with Nathan Brown over the last 12-18 months and have a great relationship with him.

“I know what my role is at the club, I am one of the senior players in the squad, in terms of experience and age, so I have a huge part to play.”