Lomax positive after England experience

England might have failed at the Four Nations but fullback Jonny Lomax says he has taken plenty from his experience with the national team.

Lomax made his England debut against France before the tournament and went on to play in every game for his country in the Four Nations.

With Zak Hardaker returning to Super League and Sam Tomkins on his way back to full fitness, the Saints flyer knows he faces a battle to keep the England number one shirt for the World Cup.

“I was probably personally happy [with how I went],” Lomax said.

“I was gutted about the results but Australia were just too good on the day and there was nothing in the New Zealand game.

“Looking back I’ve got to take the positives and it was hard to do that at the time.

“But I look back now and I’ll take the positives and learn a lot about myself over the course of the year and what got myself into the Four Nations.

“I’ve just got to take from the experience and learn from it, move forward and bring it back to Saints and keep improving as a player.”

Lomax enjoyed one of his best seasons in Super League last year for some time, unrestricted by injury.

The 26-year old actually returned to pre-season training early to ensure his body was ready for the busy campaign ahead.

“I actually started back on December 16 a bit earlier because I was a bit wary that if the Dubai camp was on then I wouldn’t have got much contact time with the lads,” he said.

“So I tried to come in a bit earlier and the coach and the conditioners have looked after me a bit and physios about not doing too much too early because the lads have been in since beginning of November.

“I’d just popped in to try do the skills really and get a few combinations going with the new lads more than anything.

“So I came in a bit earlier had a bit of a break over Christmas, tried to hit the ground running on January 2 when we were back in.”

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