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Leeds set to hand debut to wonderkid Johnson

Leeds Rhinos are set to give a debut to highly-rated hooker Corey Johnson against Warrington on Friday night.

The 18-year-old has been named in the Rhinos’ 19-man squad for the first time, with coach Richard Agar confirming he will be named in the matchday 17.

Johnson has been a standout member of Leeds’ academy over the past two seasons and was rewarded with two appearances for Featherstone on dual-registration.

“He has got a terrific engine and he’s a gold-standard kid,” Agar told the Yorkshire Evening Post. “He is a very good dummy-half and he can run.

18-year-old Corey Johnson will make his Leeds debut this Friday.

“He has got plenty of leadership in him and my own personal opinion is he is a cracking young player.

“We don’t expect too much too soon. We will get an opportunity to have a look at him on Friday and it gives him a bit of a taste.

“I feel he has got a lot of development and physical improvement in him.

“It might be a big pre-season for him, but we will get a little look and see how he goes when he gets thrown in at the deep end. And he will have an experienced pack around him.”

He will become the seventh teenager to appear for the Rhinos this season, following Jack Walker, Harry Newman, Callum McLelland, Tom Holroyd, Owen Trout and Muizz Mustapha.

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