St Helens’ Jonny Lomax is grateful for the extra family time that lockdown has provided, but is looking forward to the Super League restart.
Lomax, 29, has been able to spend more time with baby son Finn while rugby league has been shut down since March.
He played in the last game of Super League to date, Saints’ 28-14 defeat at Castleford on March 15 that drew criticism for being played on the final weekend of the old normal, and he will play in the first game back when his side take on Catalans at Headingley on Sunday.
The Great Britain international told Sky Sports: “It’s been quite enjoyable in some ways. I’ve got the little one at home, and my missus was still on maternity leave, so it’s been nice that I’ve got time with him that I wouldn’t have got.
“Over that four month period, it’s been quite nice and exciting.
“At the end of the day, it’s difficult to do all the training that you do over that lockdown period on your own and to motivation yourself – but I suppose the end goal of getting back playing was always that motivation.”
Lomax was in fine form in 2019, helping St Helens to the Super League title, while they missed out at Wembley in the Challenge Cup final.
As well as the birth of his son, Lomax also celebrated selection for Great Britain, taking part in the tour Down Under.