He said he picked the brain of Dragons teammate Frizell, who will join Newcastle next year, on what to expect in camp. Zac Lomax's relationship with Blues coach Brad Fittler stretches back to when he was playing under-16s.
After a 15th-placed finish in 2019, they'll have to. He's not on the same coin but the scrutiny will be fierce, particularly after Paul McGregor played an open hand in November in anointing the 20-year-old as his first-choice No. "As a team we've come in with open minds and we've just attacked it from the word go. "I've just taken one step at a time, I'm not trying to think too big and keep my role as simple as possible. READ MORE: Wollongong Wolves survive scare to keep NSW NPL premiership hopes alive Lomax completed a training session with fellow Blues squad members Cameron McInnes, Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic on Tuesday. The relationship with the steel city has proved an enduring one, as has their bond with Keegan. "I was with my three best mates from Temora and I'm never with all of them at the same time. He played his junior rugby league for the Temora Dragons. ", https://nnimgt-a.akamaihd.net/transform/v1/crop/frm/ViGe8NXxNszpWGz2Wi7TWd/c88b3d12-02b9-4c73-a82e-cc9241b0aba9.jpg/r0_790_4333_3238_w1200_h678_fmax.jpg, Illawarra Mercury's trusted source for property, 'I have not lied': Woman denies video shows her 'happy' after alleged de Belin rape, Convicted Shellharbour wife killer Steve Fesus dies in jail, No new schools slated for West Dapto over next 20 years, Planning Dept blasted for giving water catchment damage the tick, Wollongong man sentenced over the night he got so drunk he stabbed someone, Trump claims election fraud, says he'll take vote to Supreme Court. It's a moment the St George Illawarra centre had dreamed of for years, and when it came his emotions overwhelmed him. Zac Lomax has declared he is ready to make his NSW debut if called on by Brad Fittler throughout the State of Origin series. He's not on the same coin but the scrutiny will be fierce, particularly after Paul McGregor played an open hand in November in anointing the 20-year-old as his first-choice No. Lomax completed a training session with fellow Blues squad members Cameron McInnes, Tyson Frizell and Jake Trbojevic on Tuesday.
So stoked.". ", I didn't have (Fittler's) number saved, it was a massive surprise. "I didn't have his (Fittler's) number saved, it was a massive surprise," Lomax said. They work wonders to be honest and the thing is everyone buys into it, which is the main thing when you bring different things into the group.
"That [gifted tag] gets brought up a fair bit here by the boys," he says with a grin. St George Illawarra utility Zac Lomax joined the Dragons' first grade squad ahead of the 2018 season.
", READ MORE: Wollongong Wolves survive scare to keep NSW NPL premiership hopes alive. "There's been a lot of change throughout the squad, we've got a few new players, new coaching staff as well. Fittler looks forward to Bennett's 'mind games'. "I was at home in my house in Wollongong. Coming into the 2020 season, Zac Lomax was meant to be the first-choice fullback for the Dragons, and after signing a five-year contract extension in the off-season, no one was arguing.
Lomax made his NRL debut for St George in Round 10, 2018 vs South Sydney. Lomax was born in Temora, New South Wales, Australia. After a 15th-placed finish in 2019, they'll have to. When pressure comes along you just take it as a privilege. It's been quite a journey over the years for Lomax in NSW Pathways Program which has all led to this emotional phone call from Brad Fittler to tell him he's in the Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues squad! Long-time recruitment man Brian Keegan will probably earn a fair rap too after initially spotting Hayden at - of all places - a small schools knockout at Dubbo close to a decade ago. I was just his little brother then but they asked us both to come along.
"If I can do that the best that I can, hopefully I'll just another cog in the chain that can help us build to a successful year.". Freddy calls Zac Lomax with the good news!
How are you mate? "He just said he competed on every play and didn't stop. Lomax himself is certainly thankful.
Lomax is adamant that they can - and will. That's all the team asks of you, that's all the coaching staff ask of you. It proved a life-changing shift for the entire family, with the entire Lomax clan shifting to Wollongong and enrolling the boys at Figtree High. Lomax himself is certainly thankful. Lomax said he's felt "no pressure at all" from having the coach championing his talent from such a young age.
Whenever there's something we need, or something's not gone too well, he's been there for us, for things not even football related.
Add the 'Gifted One' tag current Blues coach Brad Fittler bestowed on him as 18-year-old, and it intensifies further. IF Zac Lomax goes on to become one of the game's elite fullbacks, the Dragons will have his older brother Hayden to thank. "I didn't have his (Fittler's) number saved, it was a massive surprise," Lomax said. I think it's pretty much because of Hayden that got to be here at all. During his time at Fox Sports, he worked in the football department covering the Premier League, A-League, Socceroos and Matildas. Fittler has long been a Lomax fan, famously dubbing him 'The Gifted One' prior to his NRL debut in 2018. In the joint-venture's history, it's matched only by Ben Hunt's monster five-year six million-dollar deal. "I just want to come in and be a sponge.
That's all the team asks of you, that's all the coaching staff ask of you. He played his junior rugby league for the Temora Dragons. "As far as pressure, you can't let things get to you. , In round 13 against the Sydney Roosters, Lomax scored two tries and kicked two goals in a 24-16 loss at WIN Stadium. Hopefully I can nail my role down to being being pretty simple and not too complex.". At that point, Lomax was just Hayden's little brother. Last updatedÂ 3:30 AM,Â Tuesday October 06 2020 GMT+1. "St George Illawarra Dragons 2018 season review", "As it happened: PNG PM's XIII v Australia PM's XIII", "Dragons want Lomax to be one club player after long-term contract extension", "Sharks hold off fast-finishing Dragons in thrilling local derby", "Robinson hails special night for Roosters and Aubusson", "Knights find some pre-finals form to thump dismal Dragons who 'wouldn't have beaten Dapto, "Dragons star Zac Lomax's emotional call to parents after maiden Blues call-up", "Lomax a step closer to playing alongside big brother", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Zac_Lomax&oldid=983051142, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 11 October 2020, at 23:29. Lomax played in both finals games for St George in the 2018 NRL season.
", IF Zac Lomax goes on to become one of the game's elite fullbacks, the Dragons will have his older brother Hayden to thank. He's awake to that fact but, like most things, it doesn't faze him.
Lomax says it's that hard slog, not his gifts, on which he'll build his first campaign as fulltime custodian. We've got a really cool calm head in Normy, he's obviously a bit of a larrikin and keeps things the vibe chill around around training and Benny's just such a such a smart player. St George Illawarra utility Zac Lomax joined the Dragons' first grade squad ahead of the 2018 season. "I honestly can't speak highly enough of Kegsy," Lomax says of Keegan.
"It was the best call ever to receive off Freddie. Dally M medal winner Jack Wighton is set to retain his spot while Clint Gutherson and potential squad inclusion Stephen Crichton have been touted for the vacant jumper. He's almost like a father figure to us." Like all sides, the Dragons fortunes will largely swing on the quartet clicking into gear. "It was the best feeling ever to tell mum and dad, to see the emotions on their face was something I'll never forget," he said.
There was still one tearful phone call to come, to his parents Brad and Cheree, which has since gone viral on social media. It was in those early days that the seeds of loyalty to the club were sown, blossoming last last year into a five-year contract extension, unprecedented for a player with just 17 NRL games to his name. It's awesome to see how much it means to these blokes. Whenever there's something we need, or something's not gone too well, he's been there for us, for things not even football related. "That [gifted tag] gets brought up a fair bit here by the boys," he says with a grin. Lomax is a graduate of the Illawarra Steelers' SG Ball team and was named in both the Australia Schoolboys and NSW Under-18s teams in 2016 and 2017. The relationship with the steel city has proved an enduring one, as has their bond with Keegan. "He just said he competed on every play and didn't stop. "But I think the best thing about them is they're such good people. Like all sides, the Dragons fortunes will largely swing on the quartet clicking into gear.
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