St Helens Lomax has great Super League future - Wellens

Paul Wellens
St Helens joint skipper Paul Wellens has twice won the Lance Todd Trophy

St Helens full-back Paul Wellens says the recent displays of 20-year-old Jonny Lomax prove he has an exciting future in Super League.

Lomax was on target in Friday's 28-14 Super League victory over Hull at the Stobart Stadium.

"In training, he's making some of our own players look silly," said Wellens.

"If he can do that to some of the best players in the competition it shows what a talent he is," Saints' joint skipper told BBC Radio Merseyside.

"I've never seen footwork like it from a young player."

Lomax scored the penultimate try in Friday's victory - dummying and going in from 20 metres - and Wellens admitted that he was again impressed with the youngster's contribution.

"It's really exciting for the club to have someone of Jonny's potential on their hands," continued Wellens.

"When he's out on the field now he's found that confidence. He feels he belongs in that environment and his performances suggest he belongs in that environment.

"He's going to continue to grow as a player and as a person."

Friday's win was Saints' first in four matches following the 14-14 draw at Bradford and defeats by the top two, Wigan and Warrington. And Wellens admits that there is still room for improvement.

"You need to control the ball to win most games of rugby," he said.

"We are letting ourselves down in that area. It's something we need to fix up.

"If you look at the periods in the game when we did score points it was the time when we controlled the ball. That's a lesson we can learn moving forward."