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Dragons skipper confirms news on Zac Lomax’s future

Dragons skipper Ben Hunt has spoken out about Zac Lomax’s position at the club, admitting his teammate ‘wants to leave’.

St George Illawarra started the new season with an opening win over Gold Coast and then a heavy 38-0 defeat to the Dolphins.

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New coach Shane Flanagan played Lomax on the wing, rather than his preferred spot at center, to allow Jack Bird to move into that role.

Lomax, 24, requested a release on the eve of the season and was linked with Parramatta, but the club firmly rejected the request.

Now Hunt, who has been embroiled in his own drama following his departure from the joint venture club, has confirmed his good friend still wants the opportunity to play elsewhere at his favorite venue.

“Zac and I talk quite a bit. If he’s unhappy, he doesn’t really show it to be honest,” Hunt said Wednesday.

“I’m aware he wants to leave but he doesn’t show he’s unhappy.

“He moves with energy. Either way, I think he’s having fun.

“He plays football very well. When he wants advice, he knows I’m always happy to give it to him. Zac is very open and always asks for something if he needs it.

Hunt added his opinion that Lomax plays superb football, despite his desire to join a rival club.

“Whether he likes the job or not, he’s doing a really good job,” Hunt said.

“I think he’s been our best player over the last couple of weeks, to be honest. I can’t fault any of his games.

“He’s definitely not the reason we lost to the Dolphins, he played no part in it. He was one of our best there.

Lomax’s predicament sparked a lively conversation on NRL 360 On Wednesday evening, amid discussions, the Dragon faces a significant salary cut at the club’s switch.

Flanagan proved last year that he would not roll over for players looking to leave when he rejected Hunt’s request for release as the first thing on the new manager’s agenda after arriving at the club.

Flanagan told Lomax – who is under contract until 2026 – that he would not play for anyone else this year, but was open to a possible early release if it suited the Dragons.

The Eels are keen on Lomax’s services, but the fact that he appears ready to break his contract so easily divides the NRL 360 sign.

“He requested a release before the first round, he told his management at the Dragons that Zac is not happy to be selected on the wing, he wants to be in the centers so if he is not going to be in the centers we would like a version,” said James Hooper.

“The opposing clubs are lining up, Parramatta are the favourites. You are allowed to speak but not make formal offers.

This sparked Paul Kent who said he had a “belly full” of clubs ignoring NRLs that prevent poaching of contracted players.

“What’s the point of talking to him if they can’t make him an offer,” Kent said.

“It’s rugby league, Paul. What planet do you live on? That’s the way it’s been for years,” Hooper responded.

– with Fox Sports

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