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There's a good reason for North Queensland Toyota Cowboys forward Dallas Johnson to feel some angst in the lead-up to Monday night’s game against Melbourne.

It’s the first time he'll play against the Storm, the club that he made 157 appearances for over seven seasons before leaving at the end of 2009.

While at the Storm, Johnson grew to become one of the best forwards in the game, a hero for the Queensland Maroons and an Australian representative player with one test jumper.

Johnson made it clear today though that while he still carries great love for the Storm, he is a Cowboy now and that’s where his loyalties lie after signing on with North Queensland for three seasons.

“It’s a very strange feeling, preparing against a team where I’ve played alongside a lot of the guys,” the 28-year-old said.

“It’s a team that I’m passionate about and I’m a life member of.

“I’ve just got to prepare the best I can for the week.

“I’m playing for the Cowboys and I’ve got to get out there and play the best I can for the Cowboys.”

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