Jordan Johnstone heads to London on loan

James Gordon

Widnes hooker Jordan Johnstone has joined London Broncos on a month-long loan deal.

Johnstone, 20, made 23 appearances for the Vikings in 2017 having come through the ranks at Whitehaven.

He said: “I think this is a positive move for me at this stage. With there being real depth in my position at the moment, my opportunities for game-time are a little limited. I’m looking forward to going to the capital, playing regularly and continuing to progress.

“I’ve spoken to Tom Gilmore, Joe Mellor and Sam Wilde, who have all been on loan at London Broncos in the past and have spoken highly about their experiences. They’re a full time team with great facilities, so I’m very positive about this loan spell.

“There’s also some big fixtures coming up for the Broncos, like home games against Toronto Wolfpack and Featherstone Rovers, so I’m excited to test myself in a new environment.”

Vikings coach Denis Betts added: “Jordan was great for us last year, but ahead of him he has Lloyd White and Aaron Heremaia, who have considerable experience.

“Danny Walker has options to play here very week at the moment, because he is eligible to play in the Academy, so it is important that we create opportunities for Jordan.

“Jordan doesn’t want to sit there on his hands – he’s young, eager and competitive., and I’d also like him to be sharp and ready when I need to call upon him.

“I know that London have seen the benefits of taking someone of his abilities and experience on, so hopefully this will be a great opportunity for all parties.”