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Lomax 'not too sure' why he's leaving the club he loves to take up Eels deal

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16th May, 2024
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The reason Zac Lomax will walk away from the final two years of his St George Illawarra deal remains shrouded in mystery after the would-be centre addressed his decision to leave for NRL rivals Parramatta in 2025.

Lomax will leave the best part of $1.6m on the table after waiving the final two seasons of his Dragons contract to ink a four-year deal with the Eels, starting in 2025.

The 24-year-old’s eagerness to get out of the Dragons – the only club he has ever played for – is intriguing.

Lomax’s form has been so good for Shane Flanagan in 2024 that his name has been tossed up in discussions to fill the gaps in the NSW State of Origin backline.

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 20: Zac Lomax of the Dragons greet fans after winning the round 21 NRL match between St George Illawarra Dragons and Wests Tigers at WIN Stadium on July 20, 2023 in Wollongong, Australia. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)
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Zac Lomax. (Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)[/caption]

At least three times throughout his press conference the Dragons flyer said he would be more open to addressing his exit from the club “next year” when he arrived at the Eels. 

Lomax could not explain what changed at the Dragons and what triggered him to seek pastures new after professing to “love the club”.

“I’m not too sure,” he said. 

While he sidestepped questions about his position, his future and his happiness at the Dragons, Lomax admits he would be keen to make his long-awaited Origin bow. 

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Blues coach Michael Maguire has kept abreast of Lomax’s form and the Dragons winger’s versatility and goal-kicking prowess could force him into the NSW squad. 

Lomax will have one last chance to impress Maguire when the Dragons face the Bulldogs next Thursday.

“Madge has had a couple of words with me and he just wants me to keep my head down and just compete,” Lomax said. 

“My focus is that I want to continuously be able to do that at the Dragons. I want to be winning games of football, and that’s my focus.”

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