11th January 2019, 10:01 | wakefield_trinity
Tom Johnstone extended his Wakefield Trinity deal until the end of the season in July, now the flying winger will look to carry on from last season and test himself against some ‘special’ players.
Johnstone is excited to play against some of the new signings in Super League and is keen to test himself against them, he met some of them at the Super League launch filming day.
Johnstone said: “The players that Super League has attracted this year is pretty special and it will be good to play against them.”
He added: “I hope he (Konrad Hurrell) doesn’t get hold of me because he’s a big guy. I was at the Super League launch filming with him.
“He doesn’t look tall but the size of him is huge. I wouldn’t like to play opposite him, I think he’s on the other edge, so hopefully I won’t have to worry about him.”
Wakefield have finished fifth for two consecutive seasons in the final standings, a top five finish for Wakefield will see them reach the play-offs and fight for their place in the Grand Final.
“At Wakefield we want to do more, we need to at least get that fifth spot and that’s what we’re going to push for.
“We’ll go from there once we get there but with the signings and Broughy leading us from the front it’s going to be a good year.
“I’m excited to see what happens,” Johnstone said.
Johnstone was named in the England 24-man squad to face New Zealand in the international series after a stellar year for Trinity scoring 24 tries, the second most in 2018.
The 23-year-old made his debut against France in a warm-up match at Leigh Sports Village, scoring a spectacular hat-trick.
He didn’t feature in any of the test matches against the Kiwis and admits that the England camp was a wake-up call.
“For me personally, I’ve got to try and improve my professionalism with my rehab that I do away from training, to help stay on top of my injuries.
“At England it was a bit of a shock and step-up to how advanced and difficult it was.
“As a player coming through, I was really naïve to it, once I left training, I said I was done, and I was finished.
“I used to pick up a lot of little niggles but now I’ve got to take care of myself more at home.
“It’s nothing major but it plays a massive role and develops onto the pitch – you can go that one step further and take control of your own rugby when you do that!”
Super League has introduced the new rules and is looking towards the #NewBeginnings and Johnstone admitted the new Super League has got him excited.
“At the Super League launch filming they presented to us and showed us what they wanted. They want to portray us as superstars as they called it – I quite like being called a superstar.
“I really enjoyed it and it gave me a different outlook and I’m excited to see the start of New Beginnings,” admitted the Wakefield winger.
Johnstone also spoke about the new rules: “Hopefully the game will speed up and there’s less interchanges.
“It should make it easier for players like me and the middles will get more tired.
“So, the backs will be able to do their own thing and show what we can do rather than it being slow and us getting bashed around the middle.”
Wakefield kick-off their 2019 Super League campaign against Super League newcomers London Broncos in London on Sunday 3, February (3PM).