Sheffield snap up former Hull FC youngster

Sheffield have confirmed the signing of former Hull FC youngster Ryan Johnson on a one-year deal for 2021.

The outside back is a highly-rated talent and often stood out when playing for the City of Hull Academy, being called up regularly to train with the first team.

He becomes the Eagles’ fourth new signing for next season, following Tyler Dickinson, Jordan Bull and Harry Tyson-Wilson in committing to the club.

“I am very happy to be joining the Eagles,” Johnson said. “To be honest I didn’t think I’d get anywhere after leaving Hull FC. I was searching around for quite a bit and I am happy that Sheffield have taken the risk on a young kid.

“It’s a perfect fit for me. There are a lot of Hull lads here and with the club giving chances to young lads, I’ll be looking to prove my worth.”

Sheffield head coach Mark Aston added: “He is a big lad, has a good attitude, wants to be the best he can be. He’s committed to come to us and develop.

“Having the likes of Rob Worrincy and Keith Senior around the place will be great for him and it reminds me of the time when Ryan Millar came into the squad for the first time, and how he progressed.

“He isn’t the finished article but the main ingredient is that he wants to work hard, which is something that we as a club love.”