“He’s Been Improving Since The Day He Got Here” – Smith

24
Jun
Category: The Club

“He’s Been Improving Since The Day He Got Here” – Smith

Head coach, Tony Smith has spoken of his delight as Luis Johnson agreed terms to a two-year extension on Tuesday evening.

The 22-year old came to the club under an initial one-year contract, as Smith wanted to ease the youngster back into regular rugby, following limited playing time at Warrington Wolves.

Impressing after a consistent run of games in 2021, Johnson has been rewarded with a long-term deal in East Hull, thanks to his utility value combined with exciting potential.

“He’s been improving since the day he got here and building in confidence as well as competence. He certainly deserves an extension on his contract He was developed really well,” said Smith.

“He probably hadn’t played a lot of rugby before he joined and hadn’t had much opportunity. Fortunately, we have given him that chance to improve his game and grow into the player he is capable of becoming.

“His potential is enormous, but what he is doing at the moment is fantastic as well. He’s a pleasure to work with, he’s a really nice young man who asks a lot of questions and is willing to learn.

“All he wants to do is get better and they are the sort of young people that we want coming through at our club. I think there is a to more to come from him, but at the same time he is doing a great time now.”

Originally bringing Johnson to Hull in 2019 under a loan deal, Smith was eager to sign the forward on a permanent basis, with a clear vision of his potential.

A new two-year contract allows the duo to work together and continue to grow the back-rowers game, as an impressive utility forward.

“The fact he can play in the middle and play it competently is a positive for him so I won’t rule that out moving forwards. But he is currently doing a great job on our right edge and he has slotted back into what was his original position, so it hasn’t been a big change for him, but there have been changes he’s had to make and he’s made them really well.

“I’m not going to say in the future he won’t play some middle positions, he’s capable of that and he’s going to keep getting bigger. He’s a rangy young man that still has a lot of filling out to do. As his body develops, so will his game and his potential to play in various positions.

“That’s one of the appeals about him, he’s got a huge utility value about him as well as his competence in the back-row and in the middle.”

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