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St Helens star Jonny Lomax has revealed he is on track to return from his horrific knee injury on schedule, and is targeting a return to action in pre-season.
Lomax damaged his knee during Saints’ defeat against Catalans Dragons in June, missing the club’s eventual run to Grand Final glory.
But the 23-year-old told League Express he is making clear progress after a lengthy spell out, and is on schedule to play again before Super League 2015 kicks off in February.
“It’s been a long process, but I’m getting to the point where there’s some light at the end of the tunnel,” Lomax said.
“There’s just under two months to go in the rehab process, and everything seems to be going well for me.
“Hopefully I’ll make one of the friendly games in the pre-season, but we’ll just have to wait and see. I’m not in full training yet, I’ve just been doing some running with the physio.”
Lomax admits that whilst it was “gutting” to sit on the sidelines and watch the team win at Old Trafford, it didn’t reduce the buzz he got from seeing the side beat arch-rivals Wigan in the Grand Final showpiece.
“It wasn’t that tough; I was still part of the team and it was fantastic to get over the line after such a tough run with injuries,” he added.
“We had such a brilliant start and it got us a home tie in the play-offs. It wasn’t that hard to sit and watch it; obviously I wish I’d played, and it was gutting to miss it. But it was awesome to see the lads win.”
Lomax also revealed how much he is enjoying working with new head coach Keiron Cunningham.
“It’s really exciting to have someone like Kez in charge; his passion is there for all to see,” he said. “He commands respect without even saying anything. With that passion and that buzz, he creates a togetherness for the group. Everyone is inspired by him and I can’t wait to get back and play for him.”