One of the most highly rated prospects in Super League, Tom Johnstone has extended his stay with Wakefield Trinity until the end of the 2022 season, the club announced today.
Super League’s Young Player of the Year in 2016, 23-year-old Johnstone has scored fifteen tries in sixteen league appearances in 2018 and is Trinity’s top try scorer thus far. Indeed, the ability and potential of the German-born winger was recognised earlier this year by his inclusion in England’s Elite Performance squad and, despite not featuring in the Denver test last month, he will be hoping to force his way into the international fold for the end of season matches against New Zealand.
His extended deal is likely to deter interest from other clubs in the near future and it may well be that the timing of the deal, days after the announcement that Leeds’ Ryan Hall is leaving Super League for Sydney Roosters, isn’t a coincidence – Johnstone would surely have been a player of interest for Leeds and many others.
Now, however, his sterling Super League record will continue with Wakefield and, of his extended deal, Johnstone was delighted. “I’ve loved my time here. Coming from the academy I always wanted to play for the first team and making it a reality is a dream come true,” he explained.