Johnston re-signs with Rabbitohs
Rabbitohs outside back Alex Johnston has re-signed with the club, putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal to remain at Redfern through to the end of the 2020 season.
A local junior, Johnston has made 74 NRL appearances in cardinal and myrtle scoring 57 tries in the process. Having made his debut in 2014, Johnston has already won the Telstra Premiership, along with representing Australia, the Prime Minister's XIII and the Indigenous All Stars.
"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," a delighted Johnston said via a club statement.
"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."
While Johnston has played the majority of his career on the wing, his preferred position is fullback, with coach Michael Maguire not definitive in signalling out the 22-year-old's spot in the side moving forward.
"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," Maguire said via a Souths statement.
"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."
Johnston will line up on the wing for the Rabbitohs in their Round 15 clash with the Gold Coast Titans at ANZ Stadium on Friday night.