Hull FC have announced the clubs sixth signing for 2020 in young hooker Jordan Johnstone.
The 22-year-old arrives next season from Widnes on a three-year deal. He is Cumbrian born and offers back up to Danny Houghton, whilst joining Josh Jones, Adam Swift, Mahe Fonua, Manu Ma’u and Tevita Satae as new recruits at the club.
A position Hull FC needed depth in, Johnstone’s arrival will be most welcome and his enthusiasm is clear to all.
Speaking to the clubs official website, Johnstone said: “I’m buzzing to be heading to Hull and become part of this club. I’m grateful for the opportunity to come to a massive club like this, and I just can’t wait to get started in pre-season.
“I’ve played in Super League before with Widnes and spent a full season with them in the Championship too, which personally I believe has put me in a strong position to make the step back up next year with plenty of game time under my belt.”
But despite the lure of Hull FC, it’s the current captain and former Man of Steel winner that sold Johnstone the move.
“It’s one of the main reasons I’ve decided to join Hull. I spoke to Lee Radford about how excited I am to come over and learn from Danny and train together.
“You can see from the way he plays how much representing this club means to him, and he has helped set that positive culture here. I’m definitely here to buy into that and it will help take my game to the next level.”
Speaking on the move, Lee Radford added: “We’ve watched Jordan over the last couple of seasons and first approached him 12 months ago, but we couldn’t get him over the line at that stage. It arose again recently and I’m glad to have him over the line.
“He’s a tough competitor and I think he’ll work well in our environment. He has some utility value too which will help add to the squad. I’m impressed with his attitude and his drive to take his game to the next level. In our surroundings he’ll thrive with that positive attitude.
“When we first spoke over a year ago, the big selling point for him to join the club was to work under Danny Houghton and learn as much from him as he possibly can from him.”
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