Tom Johnstone extends Wakefield stay

Tom Johnstone has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal with Wakefield, keeping him at Trinity until the end of 2022.

The 22-year-old winger has been in fine form this season, scoring 16 tries in 17 Super League games.

His impressive performances earned him a call-up to the England Knights squad earlier this year and will be hoping to go on the Knights’ tour of Papua New Guinea this autumn.

Johnstone has been linked with a move to Leeds Rhinos recently, but the speculation has been put to bed and he is delighted to extend his Wakefield stay.

“It feels amazing,” Johnstone said.

“I always wanted to play for the first team when I was coming through the academy and making it a reality has been a dream come true.

“As soon as I got the option to stay for a few more years and extend the contract, I jumped at the offer from Michael [Carter] and I can’t wait to see what happens over the next four years.”

Trinity coach Chris Chester thinks Johnstone’s contract extension is great business by the club.

“I’m happy with it,” he said.

“Especially because of the speculation surrounding some of our top players. It is fantastic to get the deal done so early on in negotiations and credit to Michael [Carter] for getting it done so quickly.

“It is a massive re-signing for the club and from looking at the squad now, we have pretty much got everyone we want tied down to long-term deals.

“Just look at the outside-backs. Max Jowitt, Bish [Ben Jones-Bishop], Bill Tupou are on long-term deals and now Tom. We are also talking to Reece [Lyne] about a new deal as well.”

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