General Johnson says he can get even better in NRL

sebastian_old

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Johnson says he can get even better in NRL

Robert Lowe AAP Wed, Feb 29, 2012 - 4:40 PM

Boom Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson is confident he has the ability and the work ethic to build on an outstanding first season in the NRL.

After a delayed start to his first-grade career last year because of injury, Johnson announced himself with some stellar performances in the 16 matches he played for the Warriors.

He cemented a spot as halves partner to James Maloney, scoring some spectacular tries along the way as the Warriors made the grand final, and he went on to be named in the Kiwis squad, although he later withdrew through injury.

While many impressive rookies suffer the dreaded second year syndrome and fail to push on in year two, the 21-year-old Johnson isn't looking to join them.

"I hope not, but I guess time will tell," he said.

"I'm confident in my ability, if I keep my head down and keep working hard."

While he'll be more familiar to opponents now than when he made his debut against the Sydney Roosters last June, he didn't see that as a major hurdle.

"I'm pretty sure teams were doing video on me last year going into the finals," he said.

"Hopefully, nothing has to change but, if it does, I'm sure I'll adapt."
While he's looking for improvement in his game across the board, Johnson said getting his hands on the ball more was something he targeted during the trials.

"I guess that just comes with experience," he said.

"The more games you play, the more confident you feel.

"Certainly, I'm feeling pretty confident at the moment and, during the pre-season, I've been touching the ball a lot and I want to take that into the season."

Australian great Andrew Johns, who singled out Johnson three years ago as a player to watch, was brought over by the Warriors during the summer to work with the club's halves.

Johnson said he learnt plenty during the sessions with the former Kangaroos and Newcastle playmaker, but the biggest lesson was in play selection.

"Just being more game aware - that's probably the big one that I'm developing," he said.

"Knowing what calls are needed at what times and not just calling plays for the sake of it."

Source: https://www.nrl.com/johnson-says-he-can-get-even-better-in-nrl/tabid/10874/newsid/66044/default.aspx
 

ToiletDuck_old

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Haha when are we going to hear the end of Johns and Johnson. Shaun was old news by the time Joey opened his gob. Anyway not his fault, Aussie media love it.

I'd be happy with consistent performances from Shaun in the early part of the season, though I suspect there are a few on this forum that won't settle (even if they won't admit it to themselves) for anything less than what he did at the end of last year.
 

sebastian_old

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I'd be happy with consistent performances from Shaun in the early part of the season, though I suspect there are a few on this forum that won't settle (even if they won't admit it to themselves) for anything less than what he did at the end of last year.

Shaun settling into the season, would be a good thing, as we don't want him playing his best now, anyway. Nice consistent, performances would do me nicely.
 

Fazz_old

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Haha when are we going to hear the end of Johns and Johnson. Shaun was old news by the time Joey opened his gob. Anyway not his fault, Aussie media love it.

I'd be happy with consistent performances from Shaun in the early part of the season, though I suspect there are a few on this forum that won't settle (even if they won't admit it to themselves) for anything less than what he did at the end of last year.

Not really, Johns was on the Johnson bandwagon very early into his career. Probably sooner than some supporters on here even.

As long as he's solid, I'll be happy. If he can continue to be as good as he was late last year I'll be ecstatic.
 

Eccawarrior_old

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Johns also gave Uate a big wrap also early on in his career and look how that's turned out.
I noticed Uate in the lower grades after somebody who sat in front of me at Knights games mentioned him.
 

Spence_old

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I remember watching Johnson's first game for the Warriors (I believe?), the 2009 preseason trial in Hamilton. He performed the best side step I think I've ever seen, even to this day. He must have gone about 5 metres sideways.
 

Fazz_old

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I remember watching Johnson's first game for the Warriors (I believe?), the 2009 preseason trial in Hamilton. He performed the best side step I think I've ever seen, even to this day. He must have gone about 5 metres sideways.

Haha I was only a few weeks after you in noticing him then. I noticed he had something in the round one game vs Parra. He made them look like fools with his stepping early in the game and instantly had my attention. He's only gotten better since then too. The way he made Proctor lose his bearing completely for THAT try vs the Storm in the finals was a thing of beauty.
 

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