Johnson is determined to help the Townsville based club turn around their fortunes as they try to put a poor 2010 season behind them, and rally behind each other as they look forward to the 2011 season.
In what has been quite a ride for the man called DJ over the past 12 months, he’s relieved that the ride is over, and that he’s back in the NRL.
“I might have lost more over there than I have in my whole career,” he joked.
Having been forced to put up with excessive losses at his French-based UK Super League club Catalans, the notion of losing for DJ, is one that he would rather forget, as he tries to put them behind him.
“I realised I’ve got a lot more to give back in the NRL,” Johnson said.
“I enjoyed France but I felt the best thing for my career was to come back to the NRL.”
Johnson, who was a North Queensland junior was thus granted a release from Catalans, and the Cowboys pounced to sign him in a bid to bolster their pack.
“I’m not a big fan of losing, and I came up here to be successful,” Johnson said.
“I feel fresh and I’m excited and ready to go. I think the year over in France freshened me up mentally.”
Origin is also firmly on the agenda for the 28-year-old Johnson, as he looks to reach those greener pastures with QLD again.