John­son joins Bulls for next cam­paign

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HUD­DER­S­FIELD Giants for­mer academy in­ter­na­tional Liam John­son has joined his Giants team­mate Mikey Wood in sign­ing on loan for the Brad­ford Bulls in the 2018 sea­son.

The 20-year-old, who can play cen­tre or as a back row for­ward, has yet to make his Su­per League de­but, but did play 20 games for the Sh­effield Ea­gles last year in the Cham­pi­onship and will join the Bulls for pre-sea­son train­ing.

Giants man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Richard Thewlis said “There was a bit of in­ter­est in Liam from a few clubs to spend the year with them and ul­ti­mately he chose the Bulls.

“From our per­spec­tive it’s a good move to give him the week in week out game-time which he needs at this stage of his ca­reer if he is to progress to the ul­ti­mate goal of be­ing a Su­per League pro­fes­sional.”

John­son said: “I don’t want to come over here and just be a seat on the bench or a shirt filler, I want to play as of­ten as I can wher­ever the team needs me to.

“Orig­i­nally, I’m a sec­ond row, but I’ll play any­where they need me to.

“Brad­ford have a re­ally strong squad for the up­com­ing sea­son, I can’t wait to get in there and learn from some of the play­ers like Matty Gar­side.

“I think they will re­ally help me de­velop as a player and help the team out.

“I’ve spent time with Sh­effield in 2017 and Old­ham in 2016, and I learnt a lot with those clubs.

“I got great feed­back from both teams and they said that is played a big role in their sea­son’s. I hope I can do the same for Brad­ford.”

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