Hull KR swoop for ex-England Academy prop

Hull KR have signed former England Academy prop Josh Johnson until the end of the season.

Johnson, 22, has been playing in Australia for Redcliffe Dolphins, who are linked to Brisbane Broncos.

The front-rower previously played for Huddersfield, and has played in the Championship before on dual-registration with Doncaster, Batley and Oldham.

He told the club’s official website: “I always fancied going to Australia and I enjoyed it over there. It was a good experience for me, rugby wise and off the field as well. I’ve always lived at home so it took me out of my comfort zone and I’m coming back a better player.

“I did a full pre-season out there which was probably the toughest I’ve done with the heat. I played five games as well so I’ve got some match fitness behind me, the timing is there and I’m coming back in good shape feeling as fit and as strong as I’ve ever been.

“It felt like it was time to come back and when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t turn it down. Hull KR are a big club and it’s a chance for me to come and work under Tim Sheens. He wanted another middle man so I need to repay the faith shown in me and show everybody what I can do.”

Head Coach, Tim Sheens, added: “Josh is an impressive young player who will strengthen our middle unit. He’s got a good build and he comes highly recommended by everybody we’ve spoken to about him.”

Hull KR boast a 100% record in 2017 so far, and host Batley on Sunday.

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