Jonny Lomax wants to emulate James Roby and chalk up more than a decade’s worth of service to the team he has supported all his life.
Speaking after penning a new deal which will keep him at Langtree Park for four more years, Lomax revealed he had no hesitation in committing his long-term future to Saints.
And the 23-year-old, who has shone since snatching the number one jersey from club captain Paul Wellens, believes the club are now set to end their long trophy-less spell.
“I’m absolutely made up, I’ve been a Saints fan all my life and used to go watching them at Knowsley Road,” said the St Helens ace. “For me to be able to play for them for another four years is fantastic. It was an easy decision. I’m a St Helens lad through and through.
“When you see the quality of the players we’ve brought in this year and the quality of the players we’ve re-signed it’s a pretty exciting time.”
He also told of his ambition to one day follow in James Roby’s footsteps and enjoy a 10-year Saints testimonial and how it was “extra special” to play in such a young and exciting back three.
Regular wingers Tommy Makinson and Adam Swift are just 22 and 20 respectively.
“I really enjoy playing alongside the likes of Swifty and Tommy Mak,” he said.
“There’s only about two years between the three of us and we all get on really well both on and off the field.
“The adversity we suffered last year - with the young lads stepping up the way they did - has created more competition within the squad. Everyone is pushing for a shirt and nobody is guaranteed a start, which makes it really good turning up to training and being challenged every day.”
Saints chairman Eamonn McManus hailed the signing of Lomax for four more years as “one of the most important signings we’ve made in a number of years”.
He said: “Jonny is a great club player and we have every confidence he will be a top international player in the future.
“This is a ringing, tangible endorsement to the strength of the game and the strides made in recent weeks and months - our very best young British talent committing long-term to this club and this game.”
Saints coach Nathan Brown added: “Jonny’s a quality player. This gives the club something to build around not just for this year but for a lot of years to come.”