Newcastle add Ottawa winger

Newcastle Thunder have secured their second Super League experienced signing in a week, in the shape of former Warrington winger Jack Johnson.

An exciting talent with a wealth of experience, the 24-year-old arrives on Tyneside from Widnes Vikings via Ottawa Aces.

A product of the Wolves youth setup, Johnson made his Super League debut aged just 19 in a 46-16 win over Hull FC and went on to make 18 appearances for the Wire.

An additional three top flight games were played on loan at Widnes, where Johnson first came into contact with Thunder director of rugby Denis Betts.

He brings further experience of Championship level rugby league, having played a key role for Featherstone in their run to the promotion play-off in 2019 and for Widnes in their strong start to the 2020 season.

Reacting to the news, Johnson said: “Thunder is a club that I’ve been interested in for some time. It’s got exciting ambitions and the direction it is looking to take is really appealing.

“I know Denis well from when I played for him at Widnes  and have kept in contact with him since then, which has made coming to Newcastle the right opportunity and the right time.

“I can’t wait to get going. It’s been such a weird year for everybody and I think everyone is going to be eager to get back.”

Betts added: “Jack is a fantastic player and really impressed me when I brought him in at Widnes.

“He is dynamic, with great footwork and is strong under the high ball and he is a player that is really going to excite our fans. 

“He is an excellent character and is going to play an important role for us next season.

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