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Hull KR hand out new deal to forward

Hull KR have handed a two-year contract extension to Luis Johnson.

With game time a key focus when heading over to Hull College Craven Park in 2021, the 22-year-old is keen to develop his game as he betters himself with the Robins.

“I’ve wanted this to happen ever since I joined the club in the pre-season. I’ve enjoyed being around the stadium with the boys and their company. I’ve loved working with Tony and the rest of the coaches so I’m glad it’s finally happened,” said Johnson.

“You start to panic a little bit when you’ve not heard anything, but I spoke to Tony a few weeks ago and he asked me if I wanted to stay. I said yes right away, I didn’t even think about it.

“I was nervous at first, but now that it is finalised, I can focus solely on my rugby and keep on improving each week, and not need to worry about what I’m doing next year.”

Playing the majority of his career at prop forward whilst at Warrington Wolves, Johnson has taken well to his shift out wide, enabling him to utilise better aspects of his game.

“I’ve moved back to my old position at second row which I’m really happy with. I spoke to Tony and Danny McGuire and they told me that they wanted to try me at back row, at first I was a little nervous because I haven’t played there since the academy, but I feel I’m finding my form again and there’s still plenty more to come.

“I and Tony get along really well, that plays a huge part to me staying. He’s helped me improve mentally and physically off the pitch, he’s a huge credit to the club.

“Going into the start of the year people assumed that we would be relegated but none of the playing group really believed that. We made a point of proving everyone wrong and hopefully we are doing that – but there is plenty more to come.”

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