Ex-Warrington winger signs Newcastle Thunder deal

Jack Johnson has signed a new two-year deal to extend his stay with the Newcastle Thunder.

Arriving with a reputation for having an eye for the try-line, Johnson didn’t disappoint with 12 tries in eighteen appearances, including a hat-trick away against Dewsbury back in August.

A product of the youth setup at Warrington Wolves, Johnson made 18 Betfred Super League appearances for the Wire and an additional three top-flight games on loan at Widnes Vikings.

He also played a key role for Featherstone in their run to the promotion play-offs in 2019 and for Widnes in their strong start to the 2020 season.

Commenting on his contract extension, Johnson said: “Last year was good and challenging at times but we achieved what we wanted and set a platform for going forward.

“I loved being here last year, we started talking around a quarter into the season about extending, what it was going to work next season, where we want to get to and it was a pretty easy decision to make.

“What was said has been delivered and that is good. Going full-time is brilliant, its what the club needed and I think we can really kick on now.

Thunder head coach Eamon O’Carroll said: “JJ is really important to us and I’m really happy we’ve been able to tie him down.

“He’s fully committed again and invested in what we are trying to do and is moving to make the north east his home.

“There is a great side to him in terms of his personality and he is a really likeable character who’s cheeky and gets the lads laughing, but also has the serious bit when it is time to work.

“He has experience of some great environments and brings that knowledge with him and adds a lot of quality to us.”

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