Johnstone back in the groove
Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone is eager to make up for lost time, after his prospects of international selection were cut short by a knee injury.
Johnstone was rated as one of Super League's best wingers during the early stages of 2017, but a serious knee injury ended his season, as well as his hopes of earning selection for England at the Rugby League World Cup.
The winger is now back to full fitness and has come through recently friendly matches against Leeds Rhinos and Halifax unscathed.
"There was a bit of talk before I did my knee so when I got the injury, and that was a bit gut-wrenching really, knowing that people were mentioning me. I just want to come back and do what I was doing before, if not more," said Johnstone.
"It kept happening in my mind. I kept wondering 'what if I wasn't what I used to be'. But I had plenty of reassurances from family members, medical staff and the coaches telling me not to worry."
Trinity enjoyed an impressive campaign in 2017, although ultimately missed out on a place in the top four.
Whether or not the free-scoring Johnstone could have helped Wakefield secure a spot isn't known, but either way the youngster is relishing his Super League return.
"I've never had an injury this serious and I can't lie, it's been tough," he added.
"But things have been good, I started running after just three months and it felt like I was close to coming back - but it really dragged after that. It's amazing to be back now though."
Wakefield start the new Super League season with a trip to face Hull KR on Friday 2nd February.
Trinity are 1.72 to make a winning start to the new campaign, with a Rovers win priced at 2.10.
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