AFTER suffering a life-threatening injury playing rugby league as a boy Jonny Lomax knows the importance of wearing a head guard.

The Saints full back, who underwent emergency surgery aged 14, wears a guard every time he runs out in the club’s colours.

He went along to chat to youngsters at Thatto Heath Rugby Club explaining the reasons why he wears the protective equipment.

Michelle Atherton from the club said: “Peer pressure is a big issue for children wearing the head guards.

“A lot of parents wish it was mandatory.

“It was a real bonus to have someone talk briefly, outlining the reason why he wears a head guard, but in a way as to not put off the children.

“Jonny kindly did a question and answer session and spoke about how important education is for everyone.

“He also said that he would have gone to university if he hadn’t become a professional rugby league player and it may be something he considers in the future.

“It was a great opportunity to listen to a role model for many children.”