How things can change in the blink of an eye. Not that long ago, Alex Johnston was on the outer at the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
After a spectacular 2021 season that saw him take out the Ken Irvine Medal, however, the club has re-signed him on a long-term deal.
Johnston’s new deal will see him stay with the Rabbitohs until the end of 2025.
A local junior from La Perouse, Johnston has played in 166 NRL games and was a member of the club’s 2014 grand final success.
With 136 NRL tries to his name, Johnston is on track to break Nathan Merritt’s club record of 146 tries.
Rabbitohs Head of Football Mark Ellison is pleased to see Johnston remain at the club long-term.
“Alex is a tremendous finisher and is really building the other areas of wing play such as kick returns and defence,” Ellison said.
“He is a proud Indigenous man that rose to the Rabbitohs from La Perouse in the Souths Juniors competitions and has gone on to represent Australia, Papua New Guinea, and the Indigenous All Stars so far in his career.”
As for Johnston, his aim is to remain a one-club man and he knows this deal goes a long way towards achieving that.
“I’m stoked to be staying at the club for a further three years and hopefully it’s another step in staying as a one-club player,” Johnston said.
“The last couple of years have been massive and I’ll be doing everything I can to ensure we go one step further than we did this year and win more premierships for this club.
“I think we have the players and coaches that can do just that and I’m stoked to be staying to play my role in that chase for premierships.”