Souths speedster signs new long-term deal

Alex Johnston

Every team needs some speed at their disposal and the greatest asset the South Sydney Rabbitohs have in that regard is Alex Johnston, who today signed a deal to remain with the club until the end of the 2020 season.

Making his debut for the club in the 2014 season, he quickly made a name for himself scoring tries at will and boasting a tremendous ratio of tries per total number of games.

At present, the versatile utility back has scored 57 tries in 74 games with 21 of those coming in just 18 games in his debut year and as a result, culminating in his deserved award for club rookie of the year.

Coach Michael Maguire is pleased to see the La Perouse junior remain with the club.

“Alex is establishing himself as one of the leading outside backs in the competition and one of his greatest attributes is his willingness to learn,” Coach Maguire said.

“His work on the wing is right up there with some of the best wingers in the game, and he continues to work closely with senior players such Greg (Inglis) and John (Sutton) on how he can improve his game and his versatility between positions.

“He’s a South Sydney junior who has proven himself to be a potent try scorer and we’re happy to be able to continue to work with Alex to enable us to reach the team’s goals and his personal goals with regards to his football.”

As for Johnston, he is equally pleased and looks forward to donning the cardinal and myrtle colours of the Bunnies for the next three years.

“I’m really happy to have the contract sorted out, and to know I will be a Rabbitoh for at least the next three years is a great thing,” Johnston said.

“I love playing alongside my teammates and working with the coaching and support staff here at Souths so in the end, it was the best decision for me to stay and to build on what we’ve established since 2014 when I made my debut.

“It’s always a privilege to pull on that South Sydney jersey and I’m glad that I know I will be doing that for at least the next three years.”

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