He has fast become a fan favourite at the North Queensland Cowboys but has had to make the toughest decision he will face in his NRL career, with Cowboys lock Dallas Johnson announcing his retirement at the end of the season.
Still just 30 years old, Johnson has played for three rugby league clubs in total – the Melbourne Storm, the Catalan Dragons and the North Queensland Cowboys – and as he forged a reputation for one of the workhorse type back-rowers in the NRL, he felt the time was right to step aside.
â€œIt is a difficult time and decision to walk away from the game, but having played footy since I was just a kid, and having now had 11 seasons in first grade, I have decided that it is time to move on,â€ Johnson said.
â€œPhysically I could probably continue, but mentally I have had enough.
â€œIâ€™m content with how my career panned out and it is not fair to myself, my teammates or the club to continue if I canâ€™t commit mentally to the level required to play in the NRL after this season.
â€œThe game of rugby league has given me the opportunity to live the dream of so many young kids.
â€œAt some time in the future Iâ€™m sure I will pinch myself and reflect on the wonderful memories and friendships that I have from the game.
â€œI love the game and feel very proud and privileged to have had the opportunities afforded to me but it is time for me to move on and in particular I am looking Online Blackjack forward to being able to spend some more time with my young family.â€
With the decision made, Johnson is unaware as to what life after footy will hold for him but he does hope to remain involved with the game in some capacity.
â€œIâ€™m not exactly too certain what I intend to do once I retire, but rugby league is a big part of my life so I would like to be able to remain involved in some capacity,â€ he said.
“Iâ€™ve also started a business called Insight Cash which I would like to continue to grow.
â€œI have always thought that I would stay involved in rugby league in some capacity and hopefully that opportunity will evolve.
â€œRight now though, I still have a job to complete with the team on the field for the remainder of the season.â€
Johnson, who was a well revered player both on and off the field for the Cowboys is one that will be missed, with CEO Peter Jourdain disappointed to see the veteran leave but they do wish him all the best for the future.
â€œHeâ€™s been part of our leadership group since coming here in 2011. You wouldnâ€™t find a better role model for young footballers,â€ Jourdain said.
â€œWe love having him at the Cowboys, especially considering he is North Queensland through and through, and his teammates love playing alongside him.
â€œEveryone at the Cowboys thinks very highly of Dallas and wishes him all the best in his post-league career.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping that heâ€™ll remain involved in our club in some capacity in the future.â€